Apparently, in a new issue Wonder Woman officiates a marriage. However as a foreign diplomat under what authority does Wonder Woman have to do so?
She says it right there, the State Of New York. Wonder Woman got licensed to perform marriage in New York state. She tells Clark after...
I’m licensed in every state and country that would allow me.
It's not difficult in New York, there are just some hoops.
To perform marriage in New York state (see Solemnization Of Marriage) the person performing the marriage must register with the appropriate clerk and be any one of...
- Clergy or minister of any religion.
- The leaders of one of several Societies For Ethical Culture.
- Various judges.
- Various clerks.
- Various mayors.
One does not need to be a resident of New York.
As a Goddess, Wonder Woman could be considered clergy by New York State. It's Wonder Woman, so the clerk would probably give her some leeway. Or she's a minister in the Universal Life Church or similar religion who will ordain you and give you the necessary paperwork.
In New York City it's a bit harder. Simply being ordained a minister isn't enough, you need to show you have a congregation. I don't know her lore enough to know if she has worshipers and performs ceremonies for them. If she did, that would be enough.
Keeping it in the USA (since she says it's in New York):
Let's skip Las Vegas, which has a few gazillion wedding chapels with Elvis impersonators and many other unusual wedding officiants, since that basically proves that, in Nevada, it's not but so difficult to get a license to perform weddings.
Wonder Woman's ability or authority to perform a wedding has nothing to do with her diplomatic status or lack thereof. Each state has its own laws about what is required for a person to be able to officiate at a wedding. Quite often it comes down to having some kind of certificate of ordination and paying a small fee, swearing an oath (or something like that) and then being certified by a court clerk. (Sometimes this may need to be done in each county or city where one wishes to officiate at a marriage.)
The most specific part of the process is gaining a certificate of ordination, but this can be obtained through the mail or online from many sources, even at least one Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster. All one needs to do is find a group with beliefs they are comfortable with, fill out the forms, and become ordained in their unique little religion.
In New York (since that's the state she's in), requirements don't appear to be too difficult, but she might have to use some paperwork to show she's authorized by a church.
Essentially anyone can gain the qualifications to marry a couple in most states in the USA.
For those requiring more detail or an example, In Virginia (good, simple example, plus I live there and know people who have gone through this process), an officiant simply needs to go to a court clerk (I presume for the locality in which the officiant wishes to perform marriages), present the certificate of ordination and $16 and answer some questions. Then, poof, it's official and the person is a able to officiate marriages. Also note that, in Virginia, one must be a resident of the state to qualify. (Again, this is just an example, but maybe Wonder Woman could provide some proof of residency if needed. But non-residents and non-ordained can obtain certificates for one-time-only officiations, so that would mean Wonder Woman could do this.)
Other states, of course, have different laws. Some will have different residency requirements for the couple getting married, as well.
A certificate of ordination is a tricky thing. I have friends who can officiate at weddings and have their own faith and, basically, their own church. I know some who have basically sent in a few dollars to various "churches" and have received the papers that are considered legal.
I know of one example that doesn't fit most "normal" definitions. I belong to a local Quaker Meeting. Quakers don't handle many things like other faiths do. For instance we (at least unprogrammed Quakers) do not believe in ordination and we do not have a specified minister or preacher. The closest we have to any recognized leader is the Clerk of the Meeting, and that changes every two years. The Clerk's job is to facilitate and coordinate and handle administrative issues, but not to be a preacher or a leader in the traditional sense. So every two years we have a new Clerk, and they have to get certified to perform weddings. I don't know the details, but I know it's a simple process and one done every time we get a new Clerk of Meeting. They're not ordained (and Quakers do not swear oaths, either). I don't know what exception is made, but that's proof one does not have to be any kind of local, state, or federal official to perform a wedding, at least in this state, and that even someone without ordination is able to do this.
Knowing that Themiscyra has it's own Amazonian laws; and that Diana served as Ambassador, it seems feasible. In reality most of the Commonwealth has revoked that privilege.
Until DC's New 52 relaunch, there were a few other aspects of the origin story that remained consistent. Her mother, Hippolyta, created her out of clay, and the Greek gods bestowed her with life, making her the only Amazon who was not conceived by a man. She grows up among the Amazons who teach her the skills of a warrior as well as the lessons of peace and love. When Steve Trevor, an American pilot, crash lands on Paradise Island, the Amazons have a contest to determine who should receive the honor of taking him back to man's world and acting as an ambassador of all that the Amazons represent.
In January 1995 the Australian Attorney General revoked all appointments of marriage officers at Australian overseas missions. Therefore consular officers can no longer marry Australians.