a marriage performed by a government official, as distinguished from a member of the clergy.
- Also called civil union .
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How to use civil marriage in a sentence
At the moment, these weddings aren’t officially recognized, so couples who exchange humanist vows need to have a civil marriage as well.Can Uganda Help Africa Break the Church’s Grip on Weddings? | Charu Kasturi | December 14, 2020 | Ozy
It was made by Lanvin in 1966 for the ceremony after her civil marriage.The Only Thing That Sparkles in ‘Grace of Monaco’…the Jewels | Liza Foreman | May 16, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
civil marriage: Yesh Atid's success reflects, in part, public pushback against the power of clerical parties.
Citizens should be able to access civil marriage and divorce without having to turn religious authorities if they so choose.
And once civil divorce has been achieved, as backwards as it seems, then maybe civil marriage will follow.
Currently, there's no such thing as civil marriage in Israel.
In Paris a civil marriage before the mayor of the district is necessary.The Complete Bachelor | Walter Germain
Annabel chattered all the way about civil marriage, and directed Miss Chantry to wait for us while we went in to the mayor.Lazarre | Mary Hartwell Catherwood
A civil marriage was going forward, and a strange bridal party looked at us.Lazarre | Mary Hartwell Catherwood
The knot would be cut by introducing civil marriage into India generally for all who preferred it.The Life of Sir James Fitzjames Stephen, Bart., K.C.S.I. | Sir Leslie Stephen
The civil marriage takes place either the day before or early on the same day as the religious ceremony.Home Life in Germany | Mrs. Alfred Sidgwick
British Dictionary definitions for civil marriage
law a marriage performed by some official other than a clergyman
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