Question about Religious vs. Civil Marriages in New York #general

Becker, Risa (GfK) <Risa.Becker@...>

I am researching a relative who lived in NYC in 1905. I found information in
the NYC records to show his date of marriage as January 21, 1906. However in
the 1905 NYC census (collected in July 1905) he appears with his wife, listed
as married.

Was it common at that time in NYC to have a religious marriage prior to a
civil ceremony? And if so, why. didn't the religious ceremony count legally?
Is there another explanation for why I might see this? Any help would be

Risa Becker

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