An Act concerning domestic relations; relating to marriage; consent of judge required, when; amending K.S.A. 23-101, 23-106 and 23-115 and repealing the existing sections.
Be it enacted by the Legislature of the State of Kansas:
Section 1. K.S.A. 23-101 is hereby amended to read as follows:
23- 101. The marriage contract is to be considered in law as a
civil contract between two parties who are of opposite sex
to which. All other marriages are declared to be
contrary to the public policy of this state and are void. The
consent of the parties is essential ; and.
The marriage ceremony may be regarded either as a civil ceremony or
as a religious sacrament, but the marriage relation shall only be
entered into, maintained or abrogated as provided by law.
Sec. 2. K.S.A. 23-106 is hereby amended to read as follows: 23-106. The clerks of the district courts or judges thereof, when applied to for a marriage license by any person who is one of the parties to the proposed marriage and who is legally entitled to a marriage license, shall issue a marriage license in substance as follows:
You are hereby authorized to join in marriage A B of _______________________________________________________________________________ , date of birth ____________, and C D of ____________, date of birth ____________, (and name of parent or guardian consenting), and of this license, duly endorsed, you will make due return to this office immediately after performing the ceremony.
Every person swearing falsely in such affidavit shall be guilty of a mis- demeanor and shall be punished by a fine not exceeding $500. A clerk or judge of the district court shall state in every license the birth dates of the parties applying for the same, and if either or both are minors, the name of the father, mother, or guardian consenting to such marriage.
Every marriage license shall expire at the end of six months from the date of issuance if the marriage for which the license was issued does not take place within the six-month period of time.
Sec. 3. K.S.A. 23-115 is hereby amended to read as follows: 23-115. All marriages contracted without this state, which would be valid by the laws of the country in which the same were contracted, shall be valid in all courts and places in this state. It is the strong public policy of this state only to recognize as valid marriages from other states that are between a man and a woman.
Sec. 4. K.S.A. 23-101, 23-106 and 23-115 are hereby repealed.
Sec. 5. This act shall take effect and be in force from and after its publication in the statute book.
Approved April 10, 1996.