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Louisiana Marriage laws used by a Universal Ministries Wedding Officiant in Louisiana serving couples in faith.

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Obergefell v. Hodges, 576US 2015 redefines this portion, but we left it in as the next Supreme Court may revisit this Ruling. Same Sex Marriage is required under this Rule of the Court currently.

Marriage
9:272. Covenant marriage; intent; conditions to create
A. A covenant marriage is a marriage entered into by one male and one female who understand and agree that the marriage between them is a lifelong relationship. Parties to a covenant marriage have received counseling emphasizing the nature and purposes of marriage and the responsibilities thereto. Only when there has been a complete and total breach of the marital covenant commitment may the non-breaching party seek a declaration that the marriage is no longer legally recognized.

9:201. Definition
An officiant is a person authorized by law to perform marriage ceremonies.

202. Authority to perform marriage ceremony
A marriage ceremony may be performed by:
(1) A priest, minister, rabbi, clerk of the Religious Society of Friends, or any clergyman of any religious sect, who is authorized by the authorities of his religion to perform marriages, and who is registered to perform marriages;
(2) A state judge or justice of the peace.

204. Officiant other than judge; registration
An officiant, other than a judge or justice of the peace, may perform marriage ceremonies only after he registers to do so by depositing with the clerk of court of the parish in which he will principally perform marriage ceremonies, or, in the case of Orleans Parish, with the office of the state registrar of vital records, an affidavit stating his lawful name, denomination, and address.

205. Officiant to require marriage license
An officiant may not perform a marriage ceremony until he has received a license authorizing him to perform that marriage ceremony.

222. Place of issuance
A marriage license may be issued in any parish, regardless of where the ceremony is to be performed or the parties reside.

235. Valid for thirty days
A marriage license is valid for thirty days from the date of issuance. No officiant shall perform a marriage after the license has expired.

241. Premature ceremony prohibited.
An officiant may not perform a marriage ceremony until seventy-two hours have elapsed since the issuance of the marriage license.

242. Waiver of delay
A. A judge or justice of the peace authorized to perform the marriage may waive the seventy-two-hour delay upon application of the parties giving serious and meritorious reasons. His certificate authorizing the immediate performance of the ceremony must be attached to the marriage license.
B. Notwithstanding the provisions of R.S. 9:241, an officiant authorized to perform marriage ceremonies in the parish of Orleans may waive the seventy-two-hour delay for nonresident parties upon application of the parties giving serious and meritorious reasons. His certificate authorizing the immediate performance of the ceremony shall be attached to the marriage license. For purposes of this Subsection, "nonresident" shall mean a person domiciled or residing in a jurisdiction other than the state of Louisiana.

243. Penalty
An officiant who violates R.S. 9:241, other than a judge, justice of the peace or an officiant authorized to perform marriage ceremonies in the parish of Orleans and who is authorized to waive the seventy-two-hour delay pursuant to the provisions of R.S. 9:242(B), may have his authority to perform marriage ceremonies revoked by the state registrar of vital records. The revocation may not exceed one year.

SUBPART B. CEREMONY AND MARRIAGE CERTIFICATE
244. Witnesses required
The marriage ceremony shall be performed in the presence of two competent witnesses of full age.

245. Marriage certificate
A.
(1) The marriage certificate is the record prepared for every marriage on a form approved by the state registrar of vital records. It shall contain the information prescribed. On the face of the certificate shall appear the certification to the fact of marriage including, if applicable, a designation that the parties entered into a covenant marriage, signed by the parties to the marriage and by the witnesses, and the signature and title of the officiant.
(2) The marriage certificate shall show the place, time, and date of the performance of the ceremony.
B. Every officiant of a marriage ceremony performed in this state shall sign a certificate of marriage in triplicate.

251. Consolidated form
The application for a marriage license, the authorization to the officiant to perform the marriage ceremony, and the marriage certificate may be incorporated into a single form approved by the state registrar of vital records.

254. Penalty for failure to file or complete marriage certificate
Any person authorized to perform marriages in this state who fails to complete the forms provided by the Department of Social Services, and specifically fails to fill in the date and place the ceremony was performed, or neglects or fails to file the two executed copies with the clerk of court in the parish where the license was issued or, if in Orleans Parish, with the state office of vital records, within ten days after the date of the marriage as provided by law, shall be fined not less than twenty dollars for the first offense, fifty dollars for the second offense, and one hundred dollars for a third offense, and the offender shall be prohibited thereafter from officiating at any marriage in this state.

256. Penalties
Any person who makes a false entry in a marriage license as to the time and date of the issuance of the license or, in a marriage certificate, as to the time and date of the performance of the marriage, shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and upon conviction shall be fined not more than twenty-five dollars.

Counseling/healing
Freedom of Religion
Section 8. No law shall be enacted respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof. 276. Limitation of liability; pastoral counselor
A. No person shall have a cause of action against any priest, minister, rabbi, clerk of religious society of friends, or any clergyman of any religious sect, for any action taken or statement made in adherence with the provisions for counseling as provided for in this Part.
B. The immunity from liability provided for in Subsection A of this Section, shall not apply to any action or statement by such priest, minister, rabbi, clerk of religious society of friends, or any clergyman of any religious sect, if such action or statement was maliciously, willfully, and deliberately intended to cause harm to, or harass or intimidate those seeking such counseling.

RS 37:929 Exceptions
(6) Caring for the sick in accordance with tenets or practices of any church or religious denomination which teaches reliance upon spiritual means for healing, provided the individual does not prescribe or administer drugs or medicine, or assist in surgical or physical operations, assume the title of, or hold himself out to be a registered nurse or advanced practice registered nurse.

RS 37:979
(6) The practice of Christian Science or religious rules or ceremonies as a form of religious worship, devotion or healing if the person administering or making use of, or assisting or prescribing, relies on faith and prayer alone, and does not prescribe or administer drugs or medicine, or assist in surgical or physical operations, assume the title of, or hold himself out to be a practical nurse.

RS 37:1101 MENTAL HEALTH COUNSELORS
RS 37:1113 Exempt
(5) Any priest, rabbi, Christian Science practitioner, or minister of the gospel of any religious denomination, provided they are practicing within the employment of their church or religious affiliated institution and they do not represent themselves as licensed professional counselors or mental health counselors unless they have also been licensed under the provisions of R.S. 37:1107.

1121. Exemptions from licensure as marriage and family therapists
Nothing in this Chapter shall prevent qualified members of other professional groups as defined by the board including but not limited to clinical social workers, psychiatric nurses, psychologists, physicians, licensed professional counselors, or members of the clergy, including Christian Science practitioners, from doing or advertising that they perform work of a marriage and family therapy nature consistent with the accepted standards of their respective professions. However, no such persons shall use the title "licensed marriage and family therapist".

RS 37:1261
Declaration of purpose
Recognizing that the practice of medicine, surgery, and midwifery is a privilege granted by legislative authority and is not a natural right of individuals, the state of Louisiana deems it necessary as a matter of policy in the interests of public health, safety, and welfare to provide laws and provisions covering the granting of that privilege and its subsequent use, control, and regulation to the end that the public shall be properly protected against unprofessional, improper, unauthorized, and unqualified practice of medicine and from unprofessional conduct of persons licensed to practice medicine, surgery, and midwifery.

37:1288. Anesthetics; administering by midwives
No person holding a certificate to practice midwifery shall administer any form of anesthetic to any person under his care unless done by the direction and under the supervision of a licensed physician or unless otherwise expressly authorized to do so by the board.

1291. Exemptions
(5) The practice of Christian Science or religious rules or ceremonies as a form of religious worship, devotion or healing, if the persons administering, making use of, assisting, or prescribing this practice rely on faith and prayer alone, do not prescribe or administer drugs, or medicine, or perform surgical or physical operations, or assume the title of, or hold themselves out to be, physicians or surgeons.

37:1288. Anesthetics; administering by midwives
No person holding a certificate to practice midwifery shall administer any form of anesthetic to any person under his care unless done by the direction and under the supervision of a licensed physician or unless otherwise expressly authorized to do so by the board.

RS 37:2701 SOCIAL WORKERS
2701. Legislative purpose
The legislature declares that, in order to safeguard the public health, safety, and welfare of the people of this state against unauthorized, unqualified, and improper practice of social work, it is necessary that a proper regulatory authority be established and adequately provided for.

2722. Exclusions
(3) Qualified members of other professional groups from doing work of a psychosocial nature within their legal scope of practice consistent with the standards and ethics of their respective professions, provided that they shall not hold themselves out to the public by any title or description of services incorporating the term social worker, or that they shall not state or imply that they are licensed, certified, provisionally certified, or registered to practice social work.

RS 37:3386 Misc Coounseling
(1) "Addiction counselor,
(6) "Compulsive gambling counselor",

3390.1. Persons and practices not affected
B. Nothing in this Chapter shall be construed as prohibiting other licensed professionals, including members of the clergy and Christian Science practitioners, from the delivery of medical, psychotherapeutic, counseling, social work, psychological, or educational services to substance abusers and their families


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