Marriage

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Marriage

A legal union between one man and one woman as husband and wife.
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It's actually a bit of a shock to read the secular marriage statutes of the various states and see the long list of religious clergy noted in the statutes as authorized to perform the civil action of solemnizing a marriage.
The English tendency to put secular marriage agreements in writing, as opposed to ecclesiastical marriage agreements that were oral, make church court records a crucial resource there, and in Ireland as well.