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Doing Your Wedding Right, the Second Time Around

The second time is the perfect time to get what you want

Maybe you didn’t get the wedding you wanted the first time. With a renewal of vows, there’s always time for second chances.

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+ 17thJan Unions of Love

Secular Celebrants Win Right to Solemnize Marriages in Illinois

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After a long battle, secular celebrants can finally solemnize marriages under Illinois state law.

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More Than Ever, We Need Secular Weddings — and Celebrants

Rings saying "I love you" and "I know"

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.

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It is Done: Marriage Equality is Here

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. EvansLawrence v. Texas, U.S. v. Windsor), wrote the decision in Obergefell v. Hodges that has now ended this discriminatory practice against same-sex couples.

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Bring It On: On Creative Challenges to Marriage Laws

photo Mark Kent (CC BY-SA 2.0)

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.

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Choosing Your Battles: On Marriage Equalities

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.

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A (not-so-)quick update

Work in Progres

Apologies for my brief silence – things have been busy, so I’m providing a brief update. I hope to get back to some writing for this blog soon. Here’s what I’ve been up to.

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+ 18thApr Latest News

On Discrimination: When It Isn’t What You Think It Is

Little Rock, 1959. Rally at state capitol, protesting the integration of Central High School.

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.

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+ 2ndApr Latest News

Symbols of Joining: A Philosophy of Unity Ceremonies

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.

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+ 27thMar Unions of Love

The Ethics of a Secular Celebrant


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.

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+ 25thMar Meta
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Galen is a certified Secular Celebrant with the Center for Inquiry (CFI). The views expressed on this site do not necessarily represent those of CFI. (For more information about Galen, click here.)
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