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Old 05 April 2009, 10:02 PM
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Originally Posted by jimmy101_again View Post
If the ship is in international waters who has jurisdiction? The country the ship is flagged under?
Yes. And if the marriage is legal in that country, US law will accept it so long as certain criteria are met and the paperwork is filed with the relevant US consulate.

Apparently US law has no provision for marriage on US-flagged ships; marriage is a State matter and marriages performed outside US territories have to be performed under local law. So no marriages on US-flagged ships in international waters, within US consulates, etc.

Apparently Bermuda allows marriage at sea, though the officiant (who might or might not be the captain of the vessel) needs to be licensed.
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