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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
Title 11, NRS 122.020 Persons capable of marriage; consent of parent or guardian. 1. A male and a female person, at least 18 years of age, not nearer of kin than second cousins or cousins of the half blood, and not having a husband or wife living, may be joined in marriage.
Non resident Clergy, or registry for temporary authority of resident clergy.

NRS 122.062 Licensed or ordained ministers and chaplains of Armed Forces to obtain certificates from county clerk; temporary replacements; solemnization by minister licensed or ordained in another state.
1. Any licensed or ordained minister in good standing within his denomination, whose denomination, governing body and church, or any of them, are incorporated or organized or established in this state, may join together as husband and wife persons who present a marriage license obtained from any county clerk of the State, if the minister first obtains a certificate of permission to perform marriages as provided in this section and NRS 122.064 to 122.073, inclusive. The fact that a minister is retired does not disqualify him from obtaining a certificate of permission to perform marriages if, before his retirement, he had active charge of a congregation within this state for a period of at least 3 years.
2. A temporary replacement for a licensed or ordained minister certified pursuant to this section and NRS 122.064 to 122.073, inclusive, may solemnize marriages pursuant to subsection 1 during such time as he may be authorized to do so by the county clerk in the county in which he is a temporary replacement, for a period not to exceed 90 days. The minister whom he temporarily replaces shall provide him with a written authorization which states the period during which it is effective.
4. A county clerk may authorize a licensed or ordained minister whose congregation is in another state to perform marriages in the county if the county clerk satisfies himself that the minister is in good standing with his denomination or church. The authorization must be in writing and need not be filed with any other public officer. A separate authorization is required for each marriage performed. Such a minister may perform not more than five marriages in this state in any calendar year.

Resident Clergy includes
NRS 122.064 Initial application for certificate: Form; required information. [Effective until the date of the repeal of the federal law requiring each state to establish procedures for withholding, suspending and restricting the professional, occupational and recreational licenses for child support arrearages and for noncompliance with certain processes relating to paternity or child support proceedings.]
1. A certificate of permission may be obtained only from the county clerk of the county in which the minister resides, after the filing of a proper application. The initial application must:
(a) Be in writing and be verified by the applicant or his superior.
(b) Include the date of licensure or ordination, or both, of the minister, and the name of the denomination, governing body and church, or any of them, with which he is affiliated.
(c) Include the social security number of the applicant.
(d) Be accompanied by two copies of the denominational standing of the applicant, one of which the county clerk shall file with the Secretary of State.
2. To determine the qualifications of any minister who has filed an application for a certificate, the county clerk with whom the application has been filed may require:
(a) The congregation of the minister to furnish any evidence which the county clerk considers necessary or helpful.
(b) The district attorney and the sheriff to conduct an investigation of the background and present activities of the minister.
3. In addition to the requirement of good standing, the county clerk shall, before approving an initial application, satisfy himself that:
(a) The applicant’s ministry is primarily one of service to his congregation or denomination, and that his performance of marriages will be incidental to that service, or, in the case of a retired minister, that his active ministry was of such a nature.
(b) No certificate previously issued to the applicant has been cancelled for a knowing violation of the laws of this state or of the United States.
(c) The applicant has not been convicted of a felony, been released from confinement or completed his parole or probation, whichever occurs later, within 10 years before the date of the application.
4. The county clerk may require any applicant to submit information in addition to the information required by this section. (Added to NRS by 1967, 1290; A 1969, 91; 1977, 457; 1997, 2041, effective on the date of the repeal of the federal law requiring each state to establish procedures for withholding, suspending and restricting the professional, occupational and recreational licenses for child support arrearages and for noncompliance with certain processes relating to paternity or child support proceedings)

NRS 122.065 Payment of child support: Statement by applicant for certificate; grounds for denial of certificate; duty of county clerk. [Expires by limitation on the date of the repeal of the federal law requiring each state to establish procedures for withholding, suspending and restricting the professional, occupational and recreational licenses for child support arrearages and for noncompliance with certain processes relating to paternity or child support proceedings.]
1. An applicant for the issuance of a certificate of permission shall submit to the county clerk the statement prescribed by the Division of Welfare and Supportive Services of the Department of Health and Human Services pursuant to NRS 425.520. The statement must be completed and signed by the applicant.
2. The county clerk shall include the statement required pursuant to subsection 1 in:
(a) The application or any other forms that must be submitted for the issuance of the certificate of permission; or
(b) A separate form prescribed by the county clerk.
3. A certificate of permission may not be issued by the county clerk if the applicant:
(a) Fails to submit the statement required pursuant to subsection 1; or
(b) Indicates on the statement submitted pursuant to subsection 1 that he is subject to a court order for the support of a child and is not in compliance with the order or a plan approved by the district attorney or other public agency enforcing the order for the repayment of the amount owed pursuant to the order.
4. If an applicant indicates on the statement submitted pursuant to subsection 1 that he is subject to a court order for the support of a child and is not in compliance with the order or a plan approved by the district attorney or other public agency enforcing the order for the repayment of the amount owed pursuant to the order, the county clerk shall advise the applicant to contact the district attorney or other public agency enforcing the order to determine the actions that the applicant may take to satisfy the arrearage. (Added to NRS by 1997, 2039)

NRS 122.066 Certification by Secretary of State; issuance, term and expiration of certificates.
1. If the county clerk approves an application, he shall notify the Secretary of State of such approval within 10 days thereafter. After receipt of such notification, the Secretary of State shall immediately certify the name of such minister to each county clerk and county recorder in the State.
2. A certificate of permission shall be valid until the county clerk has received:
(a) A written statement that the minister is no longer in good standing within his denomination, signed by a trustee, warden, responsible superior or other officer of such minister’s congregation authorized to speak for it; or
(b) A written statement that the minister to whom a certificate of permission was granted is no longer a minister, signed by a trustee, warden, responsible superior or other officer of such former minister’s congregation authorized to speak for it.
3. The written statements required to be sent by a trustee, warden, responsible supervisor or other officer of a congregation pursuant to subsection 2 shall be sent to the county clerk within 5 days following the time the minister ceased to be a member of the denomination in good standing or ceased to be a minister of the congregation.
4. If the county clerk in the county where the certificate of permission was issued has reason to believe that the minister is no longer in good standing within his denomination, or that he is no longer a minister, or that such denomination no longer exists, such clerk may require satisfactory proof of such minister’s denominational standing. If such proof is not presented within 15 days, the county clerk shall revoke the certificate of permission and shall so notify the Secretary of State.
5. If any minister to whom a certificate of permission has been issued severs ties with his congregation or moves from the county in which his certificate was issued, the certificate shall expire immediately upon such severance or move, and the trustee, warden, responsible superior or other officer of the congregation authorized to speak for it shall, within 5 days following the severance or move, give written notice of the fact of such severance or move to the county clerk who issued the certificate. (Added to NRS by 1967, 1290; A 1969, 92; 1971, 1550)

NRS 122.110 No particular form of solemnization required; witness.
1. In the solemnization of marriage, no particular form is required except that the parties shall declare, in the presence of the justice, judge, minister, justice of the peace, commissioner of civil marriages or deputy commissioner of civil marriages, and the attending witness, that they take each other as husband and wife.
2. In every case there shall be at least one witness present besides the person performing the ceremony.

NRS 122.130 Certificate of marriage: Recording; loss or destruction before recording; replacement certificate; fees.
1. Each person who solemnizes a marriage shall make a record of it and, within 10 days after the marriage, shall deliver to the county recorder of the county where the license was issued a copy of the certificate of marriage required by NRS 122.120.

NRS 122.160 Marriages between Indians performed by tribal custom on reservation or in colony: Validity; certificate of declaration.
1. Marriages between Indians performed in accordance with tribal customs within closed Indian reservations and Indian colonies have the same validity as marriages performed in any other manner provided for by the laws of this state, if there is recorded in the county in which the marriage takes place, within 30 days after the performance of the tribal marriage, a certificate declaring the marriage to have been performed.

NRS 122.170 Marriages between Indians consummated in accordance with tribal customs valid: Certificate of marriage; contents; recording.
1. Marriages between Indians heretofore or hereafter consummated in accordance with tribal custom shall be of the same validity as marriages performed in any other manner provided for by the laws of the State of Nevada.

NRS 122.210 Unauthorized issuance of marriage license by county clerk. If any county clerk shall issue or sign any marriage license in any manner other than is authorized by this chapter, he shall forfeit and pay a sum not exceeding $1,000 to and for the use of the person aggrieved.

NRS 122.215 Solicitation on courthouse property to perform marriage. It is unlawful for any county employee, commercial wedding chapel employee or other person to solicit or otherwise influence, while on county courthouse property, any person to be married by a marriage commissioner or justice of the peace or at a commercial wedding chapel.

NRS 122.220 Solemnizing marriage without exhibition of marriage license.
1. It is unlawful for any Supreme Court justice, judge of a district court, justice of the peace, municipal judge, minister of any religious society or congregation, commissioner of civil marriages or deputy commissioner of civil marriages to join together as husband and wife persons allowed by law to be joined in marriage, until the persons proposing such marriage exhibit to him a license from the county clerk as provided by law.
2. Any Supreme Court justice, judge of a district court, justice of the peace, municipal judge, minister, commissioner of civil marriages or deputy commissioner of civil marriages who violates the provisions of subsection 1 is guilty of a misdemeanor.

NRS 122.230 Failure of person solemnizing marriage to make and deliver certificate to county recorder. Every person solemnizing a marriage who fails or neglects to make and deliver to the county recorder an originally signed copy of the certificate thereof, within the time specified in NRS 122.130, is guilty of a misdemeanor.

NRS 122.240 Failure of county recorder to record certificate of marriage. Every county recorder who fails or neglects to record a copy of a certificate of marriage as required by this chapter is guilty of a misdemeanor.

NRS 122.260 Solemnization of marriage by unauthorized person or where legal impediment known. If any person shall undertake to join others in marriage, knowing that he is not lawfully authorized so to do, or knowing of the existence of any legal impediment to the proposed marriage, he is guilty of a misdemeanor.

Counseling/healing
Title 54, CHAPTER 630A - HOMEOPATHIC MEDICINE
NRS 630A.090 Applicability.
1. Except as otherwise provided in NRS 630A.800 to 630A.910, inclusive, this chapter does not apply to:
(a) The practice of chiropractic, Oriental medicine, respiratory care, faith or Christian Science healing, nursing,

Nursing
NRS 632.340 Exemptions from required licensing or certification. The provisions of NRS 632.315 do not prohibit:
1. Gratuitous nursing by friends or by members of the family of a patient.
7. Nonmedical nursing for the care of the sick, with or without compensation, if done by the adherents of, or in connection with, the practice of the religious tenets of any well-recognized church or religious denomination, if that nursing does not amount to the practice of practical or professional nursing as defined in NRS 632.017 and 632.018, respectively.

CHAPTER 641 - PSYCHOLOGISTS
NRS 641.029 Applicability of chapter. The provisions of this chapter do not apply to:
7. Any clergyman, if such a person does not commit an act described in NRS 641.440 or represent himself as a psychologist.

NRS 641.440 Penalty. Any person who:
4. Except as provided in NRS 641.390, 641.410 and 641A.410, represents himself as a psychologist, or uses any title or description which incorporates the word "psychology," "psychological," "psychologist," "psychometry," "psychometrics," "psychometrist" or any other term indicating or implying that he is a psychologist, unless he has been issued a license;

CHAPTER 641A - MARRIAGE AND FAMILY THERAPISTS
NRS 641A.410 Unlawful representation and practice as marriage and family therapist without license; exceptions.
(d) Apply to a licensed or ordained minister in good standing with his denomination whose duty is primarily to serve his congregation and whose practice of marriage and family therapy is incidental to his other duties if he does not hold himself out to the public by any title or description of service that is likely to cause confusion with the titles and descriptions or services set forth in this chapter.

NRS 641A.430 Unlawful to use certain terms without license.
It is unlawful for any person, other than a person licensed under this chapter, to employ or use the term "marriage and family counselor," "marriage and family therapist," "marital adviser," "marital therapist," or "marital consultant," or any similar title in connection with his work, or in any way imply that he is licensed by the Board, unless he is licensed under this chapter.

CHAPTER 641B - SOCIAL WORKERS
NRS 641B.040 Applicability of chapter.
The provisions of this chapter do not apply to:
7. Any clergyman;


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