Google+ Unions of Love Archives | Galen Broaddus, Secular Celebrant

What’s It Worth to You? On the Value of Life Celebrations

Who determines the value of a ceremony? (image via Pixabay)

I absolutely love the work I do — which is why it is so difficult to say exactly what its value is.

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Striving for Inclusive, Pain-Free Ceremonies

Good ceremonies are inclusive and embrace everyone.

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

Image via Pexels

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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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

But What About Tradition?

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.

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+ 16thMar Unions of Love
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