Court-Appointed Marriage Commissioner Refuses to Perform Civil Ceremony for Non-Religious Couple

Tamar Courtney and Morgan Strong have been together for six years and will be getting married this summer in Virginia. They wanted a friend to officiate the ceremony but after facing some difficulties in obtaining his license, they figured they would just go to the county courthouse and take care of the legal paperwork. The formal ceremony with family and friends would just have to come at a later date.

For weeks, they tried contacting the Roanoke County Courthouse for information… to no avail. So they went to neighboring Franklin County instead. A judge there referred them to two court-appointed individuals, either of whom could perform a civil ceremony.

They contacted the first officiant, Bud Roth, and he told them he couldn’t perform the ceremony on courthouse grounds (for unknown reasons) but he could do it at his church.

Even though Tamar’s an Agnostic and Morgan’s an atheist, they just wanted to get the legal part of the ceremony over with, so they accepted his offer. After working out the cost, location, date, and time, Roth asked Tamar about the couple’s religious denomination.

She told him the truth: they weren’t religious. And that’s when Roth backed away.

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Humanist Weddings Are Hard to Come by, Even in Las Vegas

Raul Martinez is the president of the Humanists and Atheists of Las Vegas and he has a wonderfully important side business: He performs weddings for couples that don’t want God in the ceremony:

Sandy Lopez profiled his work in the Las Vegas Review-Journal:

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3 Tough Things About the First Year of Marriage That Aren’t Really Tough At All

In an article for the Christian website RELEVANT, Bronwyn Lea writes about the (lesser) difficulties you might come across during your first year of marriage:



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Christian Couple Gets Divorced and Husband Admits Guilt… So Why Is Anyone Blaming the Wife?

Last month, two popular Christian musicians, Derek Webb and Sandra McCracken, announced that they would be getting divorced after 13 years of marriage. That’s not necessarily anyone’s business but their own, but a couple of points (that are public knowledge) may be worth mentioning here.

First, is a line from the couple’s announcement:

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Pat Robertson Tells Man in Near-Sexless Marriage His Wife Was Probably “Molested as a Child”

Oh, Pat Robertson… who are these people who write to you for advice? Who thinks he should be answering questions about, of all things, sex?

Some guy named Jason does, and he wants to know what he should do about the lack of sex in his marriage:



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