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
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
One of the aspects of planning a wedding that can be the most…interesting (let’s say) is navigating the use of tradition in the ceremony. For religious wedding, tradition is baked into that wedding cake; most religions use ceremonies that are long-established, even if the exact parts might not look exactly the same. In a secular ceremony, though, all bets are off – which can be a bit of a double-edged sword.Read More
When people think of secular wedding ceremonies, they might think as much of the beliefs of the couple as much as the content or tone of the ceremony. There is probably something of a presumption that the individuals who would seek out a secular celebrant are not religious themselves, but this isn’t necessarily the case.Read More
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