civil marriage

noun
a marriage performed by a government official, as distinguished from a member of the clergy.
Also called civil union.


Origin:
1890–95

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civil marriage
 
n
law a marriage performed by some official other than a clergyman

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If you want to know where the push for civil marriage rights came from, you
  need look no further.
They may say they weren't validly married but they don't tell the state not to
  give these people civil marriage rights.
My point is that one would have to do so and it would be a redefinition of
  civil marriage.
The room, with its red-leather seats and leopard-skin rugs, is used for civil
  marriage ceremonies.
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