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Nebraska
Any ordained or licensed clergymen, and justices of the peace.
Nevada
Any ordained or licensed clergymen who have obtained a certificate of permissions to perform marriages, and justices of the peace.
New Hampshire
Weddings can be solemized by a judge, supreme court justice, assistant judge, justice of the peace, priest, rabbi, or minister residing in New Hampshire. Non-residents clergy need to receive a special license from the Secretary of State.
New Jersey
Any ordained or licensed clergymen, and justices of the peace.
New Mexico
Any ordained or licensed clergymen, and justices of the peace.
New York
According to Section 11 of the Domestic Relations Law, an officiant must be an authorized, officially ordained member of the clergy or a public official in the State of New York such as a mayor, city clerk, deputy city clerk, appointed marriage officer, justice, or judge. In New York City, an officiant must be registered with the City of New York. Ship captains cannot perform marriage ceremonies in New York State.
North Carolina
Any ordained or licensed clergymen, and justices of the peace.
North Dakota
Any ordained or licensed clergymen, and justices of the peace.

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Ohio
Any ordained or licensed clergymen who have presented their ordination credentials to the county probate judge, and justices of the peace.
Oklahoma
Any ordained or licensed clergymen, and justices of the peace.
Oregon
Judges, County Clerks or their Deputies, Justices of Peace, and ministers, pastors, priests, rabbis may perform wedding ceremonies in Oregon.

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Pennsylvania
Couples can obtain a self-uniting license. Any ordained minister, priest or rabbi of any regularly established church or congregation, Judges, Justices of Peace, and County Clerks or their appointed Deputies may perform wedding ceremonies. Mayors of cities and boroughs are also authorized to perform marriage ceremonies.
See Pennsylvania Statutes, Title 23, Chapter 15 for more information.

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Rhode Island
Rhode Island has a complicated law regarding officiants. (updated 6/26/2006)

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South Carolina
Any ordained or licensed clergymen, and justices of the peace.
South Dakota
Any ordained or licensed clergymen, and justices of the peace.

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Tennessee
Any ordained or licensed clergymen over the age of 18, and justices of the peace.
Texas
Persons authorized to perform weddings in Texas include licensed or ordained Christian ministers, priests, Jewish rabbis, officers authorized by religious organizations, justices of the supreme court, judges of the court of criminal appeals, justices of the courts of appeals, judges of the district, county, and probate courts, judges of the county courts at law, judges of the courts of domestic relations, judges of the juvenile courts, retired justices or judges, justices of the peace, retired justices of the peace, and judges or magistrates of a federal court of Texas.

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Utah
Any ordained or licensed clergymen, and justices of the peace.

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Vermont
Authorized persons to perform weddings in Vermont are judges, supreme court justices, assistant judges, justice of the peaces, and ordained or licensed clergymen. Non-resident clergy need to file for a permit from the county Probate Court where the marriage will take place.
Virginia
Any ordained minister who can show proof of ordination. Marriage Commissioners,and Judges (Circuit Court, District Court, or retired) in Virginia may also perform civil weddings.

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Washington
Any ordained or licensed clergymen, and justices of the peace.
West Virginia
Any ordained minister who has received authorization to perform marriages in the state of West Virgina. The court in each city and county has appointed persons who are eligible to perform civil weddings.
Wisconsin
Ordained member of the clergy, a judge, a court commissioner, or certain religious appointees. You and your prospective spouse may officiate under established customs or rules of some religions.
Wyoming
Any ordained or licensed clergymen, and justices of the peace.

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