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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
26:8-27. Inquiries to applicants for marriage or civil union license. The department shall issue to each local registrar and to city clerks of cities of the first class, the form and substance of the several inquiries to be made of applicants for a marriage license or a civil union license and their witnesses for the purpose of ascertaining whether any legal impediment to any proposed marriage or civil union exists.

26:8-41. Transmission of marriage and civil union licenses and certificates.
Every person or religious society, institution or organization solemnizing a marriage or civil union shall, within 5 days thereafter, transmit the certificate of marriage or civil union and the marriage or civil union license to the local registrar of the registration district in which the marriage or civil union occurs or to the clerk of the county board of health. The local registrar or clerk of the county board of health shall stamp every certificate of marriage or civil union so received with the date of its receipt and the name of the registration district in which it is filed.

26:8-55. Any person knowingly submitting a certificate pursuant to this article containing incorrect particulars relating to any birth, marriage, civil union, domestic partnership or death shall be subject to a penalty of not more than $500, which shall be recovered with costs in a summary proceeding in the name of the department.

26:8A-4.1 Limitation on domestic partnerships on or after February 19, 2007; effect of law establishing civil unions.
91. On or after the effective date of this act, no domestic partnerships shall be registered under P.L.2003, c. 246 (C.26:8A-1 et al.), except that two persons who are each 62 years of age or older may establish a domestic partnership pursuant to the provisions of P.L.2003, c.246 (C.26:8A-1 et al.). This act shall not alter the rights and responsibilities of domestic partnerships existing before the effective date of this act, except that eligible domestic partners shall be given notice and opportunity to enter into a civil union pursuant to the provisions of this act. Entry into a civil union, when joined by both parties to an existing domestic partnership, shall operate to terminate the domestic partnership. The form shall not contain any inquiries or information which concerns the race of an applicant for a marriage or civil union license.

37:1-28 Findings, declarations concerning civil unions.
f. The Legislature has chosen to establish civil unions by amending the current marriage statute to include same-sex couples. In doing so, the Legislature is continuing its longstanding history of insuring equality under the laws for all New Jersey citizens by providing same-sex couples with the same rights and benefits as heterosexual couples who choose to marry.

37:1-30 Requirements to establish a civil union.
3.For two persons to establish a civil union in this State, it shall be necessary that they satisfy all of the following criteria:
a. Not be a party to another civil union, domestic partnership or marriage in this State;
b. Be of the same sex; and
c. Be at least 18 years of age, except as provided in section 10 of this act.
37:1-31 Legal benefits, protections, responsibilities of civil union couples equal to those of married couples. 4. a. Civil union couples shall have all of the same benefits, protections and responsibilities under law, whether they derive from statute, administrative or court rule, public policy, common law or any other source of civil law, as are granted to spouses in a marriage.

37:1-2. Necessity of marriage or civil union license; "licensing officer" defined.
Before a marriage or a civil union can be lawfully performed in this State, the persons intending to be married or to enter into a civil union shall obtain a marriage or civil union license from the licensing officer and deliver it to the person who is to officiate, but if the marriage or civil union is to be performed by or before any religious society, institution or organization, the license shall be delivered to such religious society, institution or organization, or any officer thereof.
As used in this chapter, "licensing officer" means, as to cities of the first class, the city clerk; as to other municipalities, the State registrar; or the deputy of any said official designated by him to issue licenses during his absence.

37:1-13. Authorization to solemnize marriages and civil unions.
Every minister of every religion, are hereby authorized to solemnize marriages or civil unions between such persons as may lawfully enter into the matrimonial relation or civil union; and every religious society, institution or organization in this State may join together in marriage or civil union such persons according to the rules and customs of the society, institution or organization.

37:1-15. Solemnizing without presentation of license; disorderly persons offense.
Any person, not authorized by R.S.37:1-13 to solemnize marriages or civil unions, who solemnizes a marriage or civil union or any person or religious society, institution or organization, authorized to solemnize marriages or civil unions, who solemnizes a marriage or civil union without the presentation of a license therefor, obtained in accordance with the provisions of article two of this chapter (R.S.37:1-2 et seq.), shall be guilty of a disorderly persons offense, and punished by a fine not exceeding five hundred dollars ($500.00), or imprisonment not exceeding six months, or both.

37:1-16. Interrogation of applicants under oath; perjury.
Any person authorized to solemnize marriages or civil unions may administer oaths to the parties applying to be married or to enter into a civil union, and may require them, or either of them, to make true answers to any inquiries made by him in order to ascertain whether, in his judgment, any legal impediment to the proposed marriage or civil union exists.
Any person who willfully makes false answers to any such inquiries shall, if the answers are reduced to writing, signed by the party making the same and attached to the certificate of marriage or civil union, be deemed guilty of perjury pursuant to N.J.S.2C:28-1.

37:1-18. Penalty for false certificate.
Any person, religious society, institution or organization authorized to solemnize marriages or civil unions, who makes any false certificate of marriage or civil union, shall be liable to a penalty of $100.00.

37:1-34 Validity of civil unions entered into in foreign jurisdictions.
95. A civil union relationship entered into outside of this State, which is valid under the laws of the jurisdiction under which the civil union relationship was created, shall be valid in this State.

Counseling/healing
45:2D-1 This act shall be known and may be cited as the "Alcohol and Drug Counselor Licensing and Certification Act."

45:2D-9 Construction of act.
c.Nothing in this act shall be construed to apply to the activities and services of a rabbi, priest, minister, Christian Science practitioner or clergyman of any religious denomination or sect, when engaging in activities, which are within the scope of the performance of the person's regular or specialized ministerial duties and for which no separate charge is made, or when these activities are performed, with or without charge, for or under the auspices or sponsorship, individually or in conjunction with others, of an established and legally cognizable church, denomination, or sect, and when the person rendering services remains accountable to the established authority thereof.

45:8B-1. Declaration relative to practice of marriage and family therapy
45:8B-8. Nothing in this act shall be construed to prevent a person from doing work of a marriage and family therapy nature, or advertising those services, when acting within the scope of the person's profession or occupation and doing work consistent with the person's training, including physicians, clinical social workers, psychologists, members of the clergy, nurses or any other profession licensed by the State, or students within accredited programs of these professions, if the person does not hold himself out to the public as possessing a license or certificate issued pursuant to this act.

45:8B-29. A communication between a marriage and family therapist and the person or persons in therapy shall be confidential and its secrecy preserved. This privilege shall not be subject to waiver, except where the marriage and family therapist is a party defendant to a civil, criminal or disciplinary action arising from the therapy, in which case, the waiver shall be limited to that action.

45:8B-44. Clinical mental health counselor
15. Nothing in this act shall be construed to apply to:
e. The activities and services of a rabbi, priest, minister, Christian Science practitioner or clergyman of any religious denomination or sect, if those activities and services are within the scope of the performance of his regular or specialized ministerial duties and for which no separate charge is made, or when these activities are performed with or without charge, for or under auspices or sponsorship, individually or in conjunction with others, of an established and legally cognizable church, denomination, or sect, and when the person rendering the service remains accountable to the established authority thereof.

45:9-18.1. Provisions not applicable to practice of healing
This chapter shall not apply nor shall it in any manner be construed to apply to persons practicing healing by spiritual, religious or mental means if no material medicine is prescribed or used and no manipulation or material means are used.

45:10-1. "Midwifery" defined
A person shall be regarded as practicing midwifery within the meaning of this chapter who attends a woman in childbirth as a midwife, or advertises as such, by signs, printed cards or otherwise, but nothing in this chapter shall be construed to prohibit gratuitous service in case of emergency, nor the service of any legally qualified physician or surgeon of this state.

45:11-23.b. The terms "nursing," "professional nursing," and "practical nursing" as used in this act shall not be construed to include include services rendered in accordance with the practice of the religious tenets of any well-recognized church or denomination which subscribes to the art of healing by prayer. A person who is otherwise qualified shall not be denied licensure as a professional nurse or practical nurse by reason of the circumstances that such person is in religious life and has taken a vow of poverty.

45:11-54 Findings, declarations relative to massage, bodywork, somatic therapists.
45:11-65.13. Nothing in this act shall be construed to prohibit any person from rendering massage, bodywork and somatic therapy services, provided that person shall not be identified by the titles "massage, bodywork and somatic therapist," "registered massage, bodywork and somatic therapist," "certified massage, bodywork and somatic therapist," "certified massage therapist," or the abbreviations "MBT," "RMBT," "CMBT," "COBT," "CMT" unless certified under the provisions of this act.

45:14B-2.(b) The "practice of psychology" means the rendering of professional psychological services to individuals, singly or in groups, whether in the general public or in organizations, either public or private, for a fee, monetary or otherwise.

45:14B-8. Members of other professional groups doing work of psychological nature
Nothing in this act shall be construed to prevent qualified members of other professional groups such as physicians, osteopaths, optometrists, chiropractors, members of the clergy, authorized practitioners, attorneys at law, social workers or guidance counselors from doing work of a psychological nature consistent with the accepted standards of their respective professions, provided, however, that they do not hold themselves out to the public by any title or description stating or implying that they are psychologists or are licensed to practice psychology.

45:14B-28 Confidential relations and communications.
The confidential relations and communications between and among a licensed practicing psychologist and individuals, couples, families or groups in the course of the practice of psychology are placed on the same basis as those provided between attorney and client, and nothing in this act shall be construed to require any such privileged communications to be disclosed by any such person.

45:15BB-1. Short title
This act shall be known and may be cited as the "Social Workers' Licensing Act of 1991."

45:15BB-5. Nonapplicability of act
d. A rabbi, priest, minister, Christian Science practitioner or clergyman of any religious denomination or sect, when engaging in activities, which are within the scope of the performance of the person's regular or specialized ministerial duties and for which no separate charge is made, or when these activities are performed, with or without charge, for or under the auspices or sponsorship, individually or in conjunction with others, of an established and legally cognizable church, denomination, or sect, and when the person rendering services remains accountable to the established authority thereof;


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