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Ministers, Officiants & Notaries Public

OFFICIANTS

State Marriage Laws

Same-Sex Marriage History

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A Beautiful Affair of the Heart
(888) 886-6075 As wedding celebrants, we specialize in personalized, custom-designed weddings that can be religious, civil, interfaith, non-denominational or spiritual. We also speak Spanish, Italian & many other languages.

A Cincinnati Wedding [WedNowCincinnati.com]
(513) 884-2618 (Cincinnati, OH) There is nothing more important than the words you say to each other as you make the lifetime commitment of marriage. Make sure to entrust your day to a professional who will work hard to make your dreams come true.

Anywhere-Weddings
(937) 869-4745 (Urbana, OH) I am an Ohio licensed minister located in west/central Ohio (Urbana). I am also the wedding minister for the Urbana Swedenborgian Wedding Chapel.

Casual Weddings, LLC
(West Manchester, OH) Casual Weddings is here to help the Do It Yourself Bride keep her special day from becoming a casualty of the stress and anxiety of wedding planning and design.

Celtic Catholic Ministries, USA
(West Manchester, OH) Many couples find themselves without a faith family or that they come from different faith backgrounds, yet desire a a beautiful ceremony in line with you and your family's spiritual needs. Our pastoral staff can help.

Ceremonies by Sandy
(513) 289-7250 (Cincinnati, OH) I want to know your love story. I want to help you identify what is meaningful to you, so I can assist you in creating an experience that memorably reflects you as a couple.

Cincy Wedding Ministers
(513) 779-7526 (Cincinnati, OH) Greater Cincinnati area licensed ordained ministers available to officiate weddings in the Greater Cincinnati, Dayton, Northern Kentucky, and SE Indiana areas.

Doctor Christopher Spencer
(513) 400-4220 (Hamilton, OH) Available for: *Commitment Ceremonies, *Weddings, *Renewal of Vows, *Anniversaries!

Elder Rose Ministries
(614) 404-4452 (Columbus, OH) Elder Rose Ministries specializes in creating custom unique wedding ceremonies for all types of couples. Your wedding ceremony can truly be a reflection of the love you both share.

Exclusively Yours
(330) 703-5194 (Akron, OH) Exclusively Yours' Independent Officiants work with you to create a ceremony that comes from the heart and expresses just what you feel for each other and will hopefully remain a cherished memory for years to come.

Great Ohio Weddings
(614) 314-0940 (Centerburg, OH) I honor and respect all peaceful religions and traditions. Whatever your beliefs, I will assist YOU in creating YOUR wedding ceremony and I will deliver it with dignity anywhere in the state of Ohio.

Jeffrey D Freeman ~ Ordained Minister, Officiant
(937) 223-0574 (Dayton, OH) I have Ceremonies and make Custom Ceremonies, supporting a full spectrum of Faiths or non Faiths. I'm sure we can find something to make your day special.

Minister Unique Hayes
(260) 804-0049 (Decatur, IL) I mainly minister in OH (Toledo, Lima, etc.) , IN (Fort Wayne, Indianapolis, etc.), IL (Decatur, etc.), and IA (Davenport, etc.), though I’m available to travel any distance.

Motivation For You, LLC
(330) 442-8185 (Fowler, OH) Our goal is to offer the Bride and Groom the peace of mind by staying on top of the details so the couple can enjoy their day!

Ohio Clergy Services
(440) 324-4047 (Elyria, OH) "Your Wedding, Your Way, at Your Location of choice!" We perform wedding ceremonies where you want to get married!

Ohio Wedding Lady
(330) 284-4460 (Canton, OH) Interfaith minister – custom ceremonies tailored to Your philosophies. Your location or mine. Available on short notice.

PittsburghMarriage.com
(412) 901-8140 (Pittsburgh, PA) I am dedicated to helping you realize your dreams concerning your wedding day. To that end I'm work to help you design your ceremony, provide assistance writing vows, or assist with other aspects of your special day.

Rev. Dawn Earthsong ~ Sacred Arts
(614) 327-8110 (Grove City, OH) I love to help the couple design something that is uniquely theirs. Make this day special for you, one that you’d always remember. Theme weddings are my favorite and I’m willing to wear costumes.

Reverend Chip
(513) 884-2618 (Cincinnati, OH) "I consider it an honor and a privilege to be invited to participate in one of the most important days of your lives!" Located in Cincinnati, Ohio. Serving Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky & 28 other states.

RNuptials
(614)582-2739 (Columbus, OH) Your wedding is a very special day marking a turning point in your relationship. Allow me to help make it as unique and individual or as traditional and conventional as you would like it to be.

Stephanie J Batterman, Notary Public
(207) 449-2497 (Bath, ME) Your Mid-Coast Maine Ceremony Your Way! All couples deserve a wedding ceremony that reflects their taste and their hope for committed and loving relationship. Let me help plan your ceremony.

TakeOut Wedding
(937) 594-3609 (Marysville, OH) IT'S YOUR WEDDING! Make it as solemn or as whimsical as you want. Celebrate on a beach with just you and your best friends or dressed up in a clown suit on Halloween.

The Weddin' Guy
(330) 398-9450 (Youngstown, OH) Your dream wedding can be as simple or as detailed as you desire. There is no limit to what can be done regarding customization. I truly am open to all suggestions.

Wedding Vows and Promises
(513) 253-9379 (Cincinnati, OH) Nondenominational Minister/Officiant

Welcome to Pun Nuptials
(484) 602-5477 (Emmaus, PA ) You need an Officiant who has the knowledge and experience to put a ceremony together for you or one who offers Customized Ceremony Packages allowing you to express your affections for each other.


OHIO STATE LAWS


2011 Ohio Revised Code
Title [31] XXXI Domestic Relations – Children
Chapter 3101: Marriage

§ 3101.08 Who may solemnize marriages.

An ordained or licensed minister of any religious society or congregation within this state who is licensed to solemnize marriages, a judge of a county court in accordance with section 1907.18 of the Revised Code, a judge of a municipal court in accordance with section 1901.14 of the Revised Code, a probate judge in accordance with section 2101.27 of the Revised Code, the mayor of a municipal corporation in any county in which such municipal corporation wholly or partly lies, the superintendent of the state school for the deaf, or any religious society in conformity with the rules of its church, may join together as husband and wife any persons who are not prohibited by law from being joined in marriage.

Effective Date: 04-11-1991

§ 3101.09 Prohibition.

No person, except those legally authorized, shall attempt to solemnize a marriage, and no marriage shall be solemnized without the issuance of a license.

Effective Date: 10-01-1953

§ 3101.10 [Effective Until1/13/2012] License to solemnize marriages.

A minister upon producing to the secretary of state, credentials of his being a regularly ordained or licensed minister of any religious society or congregation, shall be entitled to receive from the secretary of state a license authorizing him to solemnize marriages in this state so long as he continues as a regular minister in such society or congregation. A minister shall produce for inspection his license to solemnize marriages upon demand of any party to a marriage at which he officiates or proposes to officiate or upon demand of any probate judge.

Effective Date: 06-04-1976

This section is set out twice. See also § 3101.10, as amended by 129th General Assembly File No. 52, SB 124, § 1, eff. 1/13/2012.

3101.10 [Effective1/13/2012] License to solemnize marriages

A minister upon producing to the secretary of state, credentials of the minister’s being a regularly ordained or licensed minister of any religious society or congregation, shall be entitled to receive from the secretary of state a license authorizing the minister to solemnize marriages in this state so long as the minister continues as a regular minister in that society or congregation. A minister shall produce for inspection the minister’s license to solemnize marriages upon demand of any party to a marriage at which the minister officiates or proposes to officiate or upon demand of any probate judge.

Amended by 129th General Assembly File No. 52, SB 124, § 1, eff. 1/13/2012.

Effective Date: 06-04-1976

This section is set out twice. See also § 3101.10, effective until 1/13/2012.

§ 3101.11 Recording license to solemnize marriages.

The secretary of state shall enter the name of a minister licensed to solemnize marriages upon a record kept in the office of the secretary of state.

Effective Date: 06-04-1976

§ 3101.12 Evidence of recording.

When the name of a minister licensed to solemnize marriages is entered upon the record by the secretary of state, such record and the license issued under section 3101.10 of the Revised Code shall be evidence that such minister is authorized to solemnize marriages in this state.

Effective Date: 06-04-1976

§ 3101.13 [Effective Until1/13/2012] Marriage record.

Except as otherwise provided in this section, a certificate of every marriage solemnized shall be transmitted by the authorized person solemnizing the marriage, within thirty days after the solemnization, to the probate judge of the county in which the marriage license was issued. If, in accordance with section 2101.27 of the Revised Code, a probate judge solemnizes a marriage and if the probate judge issued the marriage license to the husband and wife, he shall file a certificate of that solemnized marriage in his office within thirty days after the solemnization. All such transmitted and filed certificates shall be consecutively numbered and recorded in the order in which they are received.

Effective Date: 04-11-1991

This section is set out twice. See also § 3101.13, as amended by 129th General Assembly File No. 52, SB 124, § 1, eff. 1/13/2012.

§ 3101.13 [Effective1/13/2012] Marriage record

Except as otherwise provided in this section, a certificate of every marriage solemnized shall be transmitted by the authorized person solemnizing the marriage, within thirty days after the solemnization, to the probate judge of the county in which the marriage license was issued. If, in accordance with section 2101.27 of the Revised Code, a probate judge solemnizes a marriage and if the probate judge issued the marriage license to the husband and wife, the probate judge shall file a certificate of that solemnized marriage in the probate judge’s office within thirty days after the solemnization. All of the transmitted and filed certificates shall be consecutively numbered and recorded in the order in which they are received.

Amended by 129th General Assembly File No. 52, SB 124, § 1, eff. 1/13/2012.

Effective Date: 04-11-1991

This section is set out twice. See also § 3101.13, effective until 1/13/2012.

§ 3101.14 [Effective Until1/13/2012] Notice on license of penalty for failure to return certificate of solemnized marriage.

Every marriage license shall have printed upon it in prominent type the notice that, unless the person solemnizing the marriage returns a certificate of the solemnized marriage to the probate court that issued the marriage license within thirty days after performing the ceremony, or, if the person solemnizing the marriage is a probate judge who is acting in accordance with section 2101.27 of the Revised Code and who issued the marriage license to the husband and wife, unless such a probate judge files a certificate of the solemnized marriage in his office within thirty days after the solemnization, he is guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction, may be punished by a fine of fifty dollars. An envelope suitable for returning the certificate of marriage, and addressed to the proper probate court, shall be given with each license, except that this requirement does not apply if a marriage is to be solemnized by a probate judge who is acting in accordance with section 2101.27 of the Revised Code and who issued the marriage license to the husband and wife.

Effective Date: 04-11-1991

This section is set out twice. See also § 3101.14, as amended by 129th General Assembly File No. 52, SB 124, § 1, eff. 1/13/2012.

§ 3101.14 [Effective1/13/2012] Notice on license of penalty for failure to return certificate of solemnized marriage

Every marriage license shall have printed upon it in prominent type the notice that, unless the person solemnizing the marriage returns a certificate of the solemnized marriage to the probate court that issued the marriage license within thirty days after performing the ceremony, or, if the person solemnizing the marriage is a probate judge who is acting in accordance with section 2101.27 of the Revised Code and who issued the marriage license to the husband and wife, unless that probate judge files a certificate of the solemnized marriage in the probate judge’s office within thirty days after the solemnization, the person or probate judge is guilty of a minor misdemeanor and, upon conviction, may be punished by a fine of fifty dollars. An envelope suitable for returning the certificate of marriage, and addressed to the proper probate court, shall be given with each license, except that this requirement does not apply if a marriage is to be solemnized by a probate judge who is acting in accordance with section 2101.27 of the Revised Code and who issued the marriage license to the husband and wife.

Amended by 129th General Assembly File No. 52, SB 124, § 1, eff. 1/13/2012.

Effective Date: 04-11-1991

This section is set out twice. See also § 3101.14, effective until 1/13/2012.

§ 3101.99 Penalty.

(A) Whoever violates division (B) of section 3101.05 of the Revised Code is guilty of a violation of section 2921.13 of the Revised Code. Whoever violates any other provision of section 3101.05 of the Revised Code is guilty of a minor misdemeanor.

(B) Whoever violates section 3101.09 of the Revised Code shall be fined five hundred dollars and imprisoned not more than six months.

(C) Whoever violates section 3101.13 of the Revised Code shall be fined not more than fifty dollars.

Effective Date: 04-11-1991


Same-Sex Marriage History


On June 16, 2014, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals has scheduled hearings for five marriage cases in four states on August 6, 2014, the Washington Blade reports:

In four separate notices on Monday, the Sixth Circuit, which is located in Cincinnati, announced that arguments for the cases in Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee will take place on August 6, 2014, at 1 pm.

James Esseks, director of the American Civil Liberties Union LGBT project, said his organization welcomes the developments for each of the cases. His organization is assisting with litigation in the Ohio case.

 “We’re happy to see the Circuit taking up this issue so quickly,” Esseks said. “All the cases together reinforce how sweeping and widespread are the harms that come from the marriage bans.”

Every case seeks same-sex marriage recognition rights of some sort, except the case from Michigan, which seeks to win the freedom for gay couples to marry in the state.

According to Equality on Trial:

Michigan: Arguments in DeBoer v. Snyder will be one hour, with 30 minutes per side.

Ohio: Arguments in Henry v. Himes and Obergefell v. Himes will be one hour, with 30 minutes per side.

Kentucky: Arguments in Bourke v. Beshear will be 30 minutes, 15 minutes per side.

Tennessee: Arguments in Tanco v. Haslam will be 30 minutes, 15 minutes per side.

In related news, DOMA attorney Roberta Kaplan had filed a motion to intervene in the Ohio case but she has been denied:

According to the eight-page notice handed down from the court, Kaplan was denied the ability to participate because the cases is too far advanced at this point.

The state of Ohio and the ACLU had objected to Kaplan’s motion to intervene.

The Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals is lining up the cases for a pretty impressive combo score on August 6th and will be hearing six discrete marriage equality cases from Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, and Tennessee.

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From the National Center for Lesbian Rights:

On August 6, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit will hear oral argument in six marriage equality cases–the most marriage cases that any federal circuit court has ever heard in a single day, and the fourth argument to be heard by a federal circuit court since the United States Supreme Court’s decision last summer striking down the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA).

Federal Judges Martha Craig Daughtrey, Jeffrey S. Sutton, and Deborah L. Cook will hear the challenges to laws banning marriage equality in Kentucky (two cases), Michigan, Ohio (two cases), and Tennessee. The National Center for Lesbian Rights is representing plaintiffs in Tennessee, American Civil Liberties Union is representing plaintiffs in Ohio, and Lambda Legal is representing plaintiffs in Ohio.

Oral arguments will begin at 1pm ET at the Potter Stewart Courthouse in Cincinnati, Ohio.