Who Can Perform A Marriage Ceremony? Gov. Brown Expands The List

If you want to get hitched, the list of those who can preside over the ceremony just got bigger.

Beginning Jan. 1, Riverside County supervisors will be legally authorized to preside over weddings.

On Monday, Gov. Jerry Brown signed Senate Bill 991, which amends the state Family Code to permit county supervisors to solemnize marriages. The legislation, introduced by Sen. Sharon Runner, R-Apple Valley, was unanimously supported by the Riverside County Board of Supervisors in a resolution in April.

Previously, under California law, parsons, rabbis, priests, judges, members of Congress, court commissioners, state legislators -- even mayors -- were authorized to preside in matrimonial ceremonies, but not supervisors.

Supervisor John Benoit penned the resolution stating the board's desire to see the law changed.

Benoit said he conducted one or two marriages while a state assemblyman and believed supervisors should have the same opportunity.

"County supervisors represent large constituencies (that), in some cases, (are) larger in area or population than local congressional or legislative districts," the supervisor wrote, noting that "constituents, friends and family" may like the idea of a supervisor presiding over a civil ceremony.

According to the legislation, the only requirement for a supervisor to solemnize a marriage will be for he or she to obtain instructions from the county clerk's office on the proper protocol.

Cat July 11, 2012 at 09:34 PM
You too can perform a marriage ceremony for your friends or loved ones. It's fun & a unique thing to do. You can become an ordained minister for free at the Universal Life Church @ www.the monastery.org. The lucky couple still needs to apply for and purchase a local marriage lic. though. Check it out.......
Cat July 11, 2012 at 09:36 PM
Richard July 12, 2012 at 11:32 PM
Who cares---really, who cares?
Amanda Hill July 13, 2012 at 09:04 AM
So... our government can deem any crooked politician as a marriage officiant and yet homosexuals still can't marry because it defiles the sanctitiy of the union...


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