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Frequently Asked Questions

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There are, essentially, two types of Officiants -- "religious" and "civil."

An Officiant who performs a religious ceremony is permitted to mention deities (such as Jesus Christ, Buddha, and Shiva) and texts (such as the Talmud, the Bible, and the Quran).

In a civil ceremony, mentions of deities and quotations from (or references to) religious texts are not included. This can be for several reasons, including local regulations* or the personal preference of the couple being married.

* — Due to regulations barring government employees from showing preference to one religion or faith over another, some jurisdictions only permit civil (non-religious) ceremonies to be performed in government-owned buildings or other facilities, including courthouses.

"Ordination" is the granting of authority (by a religious organization) that allows a person to perform ceremonies in conformance with the organization's established bylaws, customs and/or traditions.

Upon being ordained, that person is granted a license by the organization to serve as a ceremonial minister.