S ecular celebrants are non-religious individuals certified to perform ceremonies for milestones of life. In many cases, a non-religious person may wish to have a secular ceremony to mark a union of two people or a memorial commemorating the life of a loved one but may instead be forced to seek out a religious officiant, who might require the inclusion of religious elements such as proselytization or references to the supernatural. Secular celebrants, however, do not make such demands, allowing the non-religious the flexibility to observe the event as they so choose.
Secular celebrants certified by the Center for Inquiry (CFI) do not carry any religious affiliation and do not fall under the auspices of an ecclesiastical organization. (See About Illinois Marriage Law for information on secular celebrants and the law.)
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