CSHB 20(JUD): "An Act relating to marriage solemnization; and authorizing elected public officials in the state to solemnize marriages."

00 CS FOR HOUSE BILL NO. 20(JUD) 01 "An Act relating to marriage solemnization; and authorizing elected public officials in 02 the state to solemnize marriages." 03 BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF ALASKA: 04 * Section 1. AS 25.05.261(a) is amended to read: 05 (a) Marriages may be solemnized 06 (1) by a minister, priest, or rabbi of any church or congregation in the 07 state, or by a commissioned officer of the Salvation Army, or by the principal officer 08 or elder of recognized churches or congregations that traditionally do not have regular 09 ministers, priests, or rabbis, anywhere within the state; 10 (2) by a marriage commissioner or judicial officer of the state 11 anywhere within the jurisdiction of the commissioner or officer; [OR] 12 (3) before or in any religious organization or congregation according to 13 the established ritual or form commonly practiced in the organization or congregation; 14 or

01 (4) by an individual holding an elective public office in the state. 02 * Sec. 2. AS 25.05.261 is amended by adding a new subsection to read: 03 (c) Nothing in this section creates or implies a duty or obligation on a person 04 authorized to solemnize a marriage under (a)(1), (3), or (4) of this section to solemnize 05 any marriage. 06 * Sec. 3. AS 25.05.281 is amended to read: 07 Sec. 25.05.281. Marriage solemnized by unauthorized person. After a 08 license has been obtained, a marriage solemnized before a person professing to be a 09 person authorized to solemnize marriages in the state under AS 25.05.261(a) 10 [MINISTER, PRIEST, OR RABBI OF A CHURCH OR CONGREGATION IN THE 11 STATE OR A JUDICIAL OFFICER OR MARRIAGE COMMISSIONER] is valid 12 regardless of a lack of power or authority in the person, if the marriage is 13 consummated with a belief on the part of the persons so married, or either of them, 14 that they have been lawfully joined in marriage.