United Kingdom. Ny Times. Definitions of sham marriage vary by jurisdiction, but are often related to immigration. In some countries where it has been adopted, applications for marriage licenses have far exceeded governmental estimates of demand.
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State recognizes civil marriages; no additional information. The status in the eyes of one authority may not be the same as for another.
BBC News. Instead, the couple were to be asked to apply for a licence; if a member of the clergy is not satisfied that a marriage is genuine, they must make that clear between a gay man and the person responsible for granting the licence. Civil marriages only for foreigners.
The minimum age at which a person is able to lawfully marry, and whether parental or other consents are required, vary from country to country. In medieval Europe, marriage came under the jurisdiction of canon law, which recognized as a valid marriage one where between a gay man and parties stated that they took one another as wife and husband, even in absence of any witnesses.
In the United States, there is no law or religious dictate that says the bride must take the groom's last name.
Los Angeles Times. Putin to ban gay marriage in constitution. Freedom To Marry. For example, Lutheran churches in Netherlands , New Zealand , Sweden and some Lutheran churches of the Evangelical Church in Germany allow blessing ceremonies for same-sex couples, as do Unitarian Universalist churches.