Originally Posted by tdogg
Civil (legal) marriage and religious (ceremonial) marriage are actually two separate events, tied together by the thing that both most often share - a legal document called a marriage license. The license is totally civil, applied for and obtained from government, issued by government after the ceremony. The ceremony itself does not necessarily come with the license - anyone can have a ceremony and call it marriage. Doesn't make it legal.
I went back and looked and it seems to vary by state and even by county and municipality within the state. Although it's validated by the Justice of the Peace, clergy, ... after the event, the application and license still come first.
Where do breach of promise lawsuits come from? How are they actionable?