Township of Middle, NJ
Cape May County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Committee of the Township of Middle 4-2-2007 by Ord. No. 1253-07. Amendments noted where applicable.]
The performance of marriage and civil union ceremonies is not an obligation of the position of the Mayor or Deputy Mayor, but rather the performance of marriage and civil union ceremonies is completely within the discretion of the Mayor and Deputy Mayor.
If the Mayor or Deputy Mayor when authorized by the Mayor performs a marriage or civil union ceremony, the fees shall be $25. The fees shall be deposited in the current fund, and shall be payable to the Township of Middle.
The Mayor or Deputy Mayor when authorized by the Mayor shall perform marriage and civil union ceremonies on a regularly scheduled day of the week, between certain times, and at the Township Hall. The Mayor shall from time to time provide the Clerk with the day of the week and the times at which he or she shall be available to perform marriage or civil union ceremonies. The Mayor or Deputy Mayor when authorized by the Mayor has the discretion to perform a marriage and civil union ceremony other than on the regularly scheduled day of the week, and other than at the regularly scheduled time, and at locations other than in Township Hall.
The Mayor or Deputy Mayor is not to receive any additional compensation for performing this service.
If the Mayor or Deputy Mayor when authorized by the Mayor does perform a marriage or civil union ceremony other than on the regularly scheduled day of the week, and other than at the regularly scheduled time, and at locations other than in Township Hall, the Mayor or Deputy Mayor shall not be entitled to reimbursement for any out-of-pocket expenses.
A. 
The wedding ceremony performed by the Mayor or Deputy Mayor when authorized by the Mayor shall be as follows:
We are gathered together in the presence of this company, to join together these two persons in (marriage/a civil union), which is honorable, and is not by any to be entered into unadvisedly or lightly, but reverently, discreetly, advisedly, and soberly. Into this estate these two persons present come now to be joined. If any one can show just cause why they may not lawfully be joined together let him or her now speak, or else hereafter forever hold your peace.
(Name of person), do you take this (man/woman) to be your spouse? Wilt you love (her/him), comfort (her/him), honor and keep (her/him), in sickness and in health, and, forsaking all others keep thee only unto (her/him), so long as you both shall live?
[Response: Yes or I will.]
(Name of person), do you take this (man/woman) to be your spouse? Wilt you love (her/him), comfort (her/him), honor and keep (her/him), in sickness and in health, and, forsaking all others keep thee only unto (her/him), so long as you both shall live?
[Response: Yes or I will.]
For as much as (name of person) and (name of person) have consented together to join in (marriage/civil union), and have witnessed the same before these persons, and have given and pledged their faith, each to the other, and have declared the same by joining of hands, therefore, by authority of the laws of this state, I do pronounce them joined as one in (marriage/civil union).
B. 
If the persons to be joined in marriage or civil union desire additional vows or statements, they must state such vows or statements on their own without the guidance of the Mayor or Deputy Mayor.
C. 
Nothing herein is to prevent the Mayor or Deputy Mayor from modifying the ceremony to allow for personal vows or statements as permitted by Subsection B immediately above, music, or other events as in the discretion of the Mayor or Deputy Mayor are appropriate.