How do Catholics view Protestant marriages?

How are Catholics to view Protestant marriages?

Generally speaking, Protestants have two valid sacraments, baptism and marriage, although they usually do not consider marriage to be a sacrament. Assuming the husband and wife are both validly baptized and there are no obvious impediments to the marriage, the Church presumes Protestant marriages to be both valid and sacramental unless proven otherwise before a marriage tribunal.

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