I’ve been thinking about weddings lately.
Part of it is the time of the year; as the weather has gotten warmer (at least where I’m sitting here in the Northern Hemisphere), couples have been celebrating their nuptials, and that’s only going to increase as we move into the summer months.Read More
If you haven’t heard the news, here it is: In a 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court has ruled that all same-sex marriage bans nationwide are unconstitutional. Justice Anthony Kennedy, who has written all of the major LGBT decisions from the high court (Romer v. Evans, Lawrence v. Texas, U.S. v. Windsor), wrote the decision in Obergefell v. Hodges that has now ended this discriminatory practice against same-sex couples.Read More
In case you haven’t been paying attention to the enormous Charlie Foxtrot that is American politics right now: By the end of the month, the Supreme Court is going to weigh on Obergefeld v. Hodges, the name for four linked cases challenging same-sex marriage bans in Ohio, Kentucky, Michigan, and Tennessee. The expectation by virtually everyone is that the court will overturn marriage bans, and the response from the religious right has been…well, if not apoplectic, certainly defiant.Read More
One of my daily reads is Paul Fidalgo‘s Morning Heresy at the CFI website, and I was pleased to see a link to an article by Chris Trejbal at AMERICABlog on the battle to get secular celebrants recognized to solemnize marriages in every US state.Read More
Unless you’ve been living under a rock or have subjected yourself to a total media blackout, you’ve probably seen the massive backlash over the state of Indiana enacting legislation that is largely seen as a way for the state to permit discrimination against certain groups, most specifically LGBT individuals since the introduction of recognized same-sex marriage in that state. As a result, Americans are having conversations about discrimination, religious freedom, and the interplay between the two.Read More
One of the most ubiquitous parts of a standard wedding ceremony is the unity ceremony, in which the two individuals being married participate in a ceremony that symbolizes their joining. Probably the most common one traditionally is the unity candle ceremony. But if you want to do something a little outside the norm, there are plenty of great alternatives – and plenty of reasons to choose them.Read More
Recently, I’ve had some unpleasant interactions with people who thought that they ought to make assumptions about what I ethically support as a secular celebrant. (I don’t consider these interactions to be particularly helpful, so I’m not linking to or mentioning them in detail here.) So even though I’ve spelled out my philosophy for becoming a secular celebrant, I thought it would be worthwhile to mention what I think are some ethical questions unique to secular celebrants.Read More
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