Assemblyman† UPENDRA J. CHIVUKULA
District 17 (Middlesex and Somerset)
†††† Authorizes certified celebrants to solemnize marriages.
CURRENT VERSION OF TEXT
†††† As introduced.
An Act concerning marriages and amending R.S.37:1-13.
†††† Be It Enacted by the Senate and General Assembly of the State of New Jersey:
1. R.S.37:1-13 is amended to read as follows:
†††††† 37:1-13.† Authorization to solemnize marriages and civil unions.
†††† Each judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, each judge of a federal district court, United States magistrate, judge of a municipal court, judge of the Superior Court, judge of a tax court, retired judge of the Superior Court or Tax Court, or judge of the Superior Court or Tax Court, the former County Court, the former County Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court, or the former County District Court who has resigned in good standing, surrogate of any county, county clerk and any mayor or the deputy mayor when authorized by the mayor, or chairman of any township committee or village president of this State, [and] every [minister] member of the clergy of every religion and any celebrant certified to perform marriages by the Celebrant Foundation and Institute, 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.
(cf: P.L.2006, c.103, s.17)
†††† 2. †This act shall take effect immediately.
†††† This bill would add celebrants certified by the Celebrant Foundation and Institute to the list of individuals who are authorized to solemnize marriages in New Jersey. The Institute is a non-profit educational organization with their headquarters in Montclair, N.J. The celebrant movement began in Australia and New Zealand in the 1970ís. ††††
†††† A certified celebrant is a person who has been professionally trained in an academic year long program in the art of celebration, symbolism and tradition.† The celebrant provides a personalized ceremony to mark the milestone in a personís life which reflects the needs, beliefs and values of the person, couple, or family.