a marriage performed by a government official, as distinguished from a member of the clergy.
Civil Rights Act of 1964
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Origin of civil marriage
First recorded in 1890–95
Also called civil union.
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Historical Examples of civil marriage
The civil-marriage law was pushed through in spite of the sullen resistance of the conservatives and clericals.The South American Republics, Part II (of 2)
Thomas C. Dawson
law a marriage performed by some official other than a clergyman
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