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Stay on topic please!
this is a board about Benelux Royalty not about marriage laws. This is really deviating way to far from the subject of this board. So please move this discussion over to your private emails or another board.
But one presumes that only a SWEDISH cleric is authorized to perform the marriage of a SWEDISH couple legally recognized by the state in SWEDEN. My point is that no European cleric is authorized by U.S. law to perform the marriage of an AMERICAN couple -- just as your marriage would not be lawful in Sweden if a non-Swedish cleric (say, a Danish or Norwegian priest) had presided over your wedding. In that case, I presume that you would have had to undergo a civil ceremony at home (or at a Swedish embassy), to take care of legal matters.
When it comes to civil affairs, the divisions of society are fully apparent -- the reality of differences in country, nation, jurisdiction, etc. By contrast, the CHURCH universal is a spiritual empire with no boundaries whatsoever. Certainly the Catholic Church would recognize the validity of the marriage of (say) King Philippe and Queen Mathilde of the Belgians, had they simply opted to elope to Mexico and undergo a religious wedding ceremony there -- foregoing the civil wedding altogether. But in that case, their union would not be deemed lawful by the STATE in Belgium or dynastic in the royal house, either.
However, there is one small catch: civil jurisdictions, by and large, recognize one another. By which I mean: if a Swedish couple marries lawfully in Sweden (whether in a civil or religious ceremony), then immigrates to America, their marriage is legal in the eyes of U.S. law as well.
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