Humanist Celebrants Will Offer Free Wedding Services to Same-Sex Couples in the Military Through 2013

I absolutely love this promotion: In honor of the fact that same-sex spouses in the military will soon receive full benefits, members of the Humanist Society are offering to provide free wedding services to gay and lesbian couples:

“Humanist Society celebrants have been performing same-sex marriage ceremonies for decades,” said American Humanist Association Executive Director Roy Speckhardt. “Even before these marriages were legally recognized, humanist celebrants have been a part of commitment ceremonies of all kinds. It is heartening to see that so many of them are willing to wave their ceremony fee to support the ongoing revolutionary change in the U.S. that is now giving all married military personnel the same legal benefits.

The services will be free through the end of the year; you can find participating celebrants on this website — they have an American flag next to their name.

It’s wonderful juxtaposition when you consider that Southern Baptist military chaplains have been forbidden from performing — or even attending — same-sex wedding ceremonies.

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  • Bob

    Are these ceremonies legally binding in America?

    • Meko

      Anyone can become a minister and have it be legally binding. As to the same-sex marriages, depends on the state.

  • Matt Davis

    This is great! Technically, though, it’s discrimination against straight couples, so I think it’d look better if they opened it up to all. You see, this gives the xianists ammunition to say “See! They’re discriminating against all straight people now!”

    • Tony B

      Don’t care how it looks. Least of all to Christians. I assume the time of humanist celebrants is a limited resource, giving it to help a disadvantaged group is a good thing. Worrying that they’re “discriminating” against people who haven’t been denied basic rights for centuries is like whining that rich people don’t get welfare.

    • Sophia Sadek

      In order for that charge to be valid they would need to demonstrate that the Humanist Society never offered a similar discount to heterosexual couples.


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