Holy Bonds of Matrimony?

Reader Chelsea lives in Tennessee and she’s getting married this September. She and her fiancé are both atheists and plan to have a secular wedding ceremony, so they were a bit surprised when they went to go get their marriage license and saw this: “Holy Bonds of Matrimony”? Chelsea writes: … It didn’t really make [Read More...]

Ask Richard: Praying at the Table Breaks an Engagement

Note: Letter writers’ names are changed to protect their privacy. I will try to make this short; I am a non-believer (atheist). I recently got engaged to get married with the mother (Christian) of my son, I have known her for over 3 years. She as always known that I am an atheist, and our [Read More...]

Ask Richard: Will My Christian Boyfriend Ever Marry Me?

Note: Letter writers’ names are changed to protect their privacy. Dear Richard, I am sure you have probably heard this question before, but I’m new to your advice column and hope you could help me. For over six years I have been dating a wonderful man who I love with all my heart. He is [Read More...]

Ask Richard: Of Mothers and Mothers-in-Law, Part Two

Dear Richard, I’ve been an atheist for all my adult life. When I first came out to my Lutheran parents, they were surprisingly accepting, and now I regularly discuss religion and current religious issues with them respectfully. A few years ago, I met a wonderful man I’ll call Craig. He was raised by Catholic parents, [Read More...]

Reasons Not to Change Your Last Name

Rose at The Jewmanist explains why she didn’t take her husband’s last name after marriage: People would ask me after I got married when I was changing my name. I would sometimes simply say “I’m not” but sometimes I felt offended and would utter “what’s wrong with mine?” 25 years it took me to love [Read More...]


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