Humanist Celebrants Celebrate Same-Sex Marriage

Humanist Celebrants Celebrate Same-Sex Marriage

This post, written by Rachael Berman, originally appeared on TheHumanist.com on July 9, 2015. On June 26, the US Supreme Court ruled that the US Constitution guarantees the right for same-sex couples to marry in all fifty states. Some same-sex couples rushed to their local courthouse to become some of the first “legal” married same-sex couples in their states. However, even now, several judges and county clerks from the thirteen states with same-sex marriage bans prior to the June 26 ruling are still refusing to perform officiant duties that would honor same-sex couples’ federal right to marry. Luckily, humanist celebrants continue to be an importance resource for individuals who want a personalized, nonreligious ceremony. I reached out to several humanist celebrants asking them to share stories of same-sex marriage ceremonies they’ve officiated and the obstacles they’ve faced—their accounts are below.   California California first began issuing same-sex marriage licenses in June 2008. However, four months later the passage of Proposition 8, a state constitutional amendment eliminating the right of same-sex couples to marry, gay marriage licenses were no longer being issued. Humanist celebrant Jason Frye of San Diego managed to sneak one in anyway: In July of 2008, Californians celebrating LGBT-pride had reason to add wedding cake to the usual American summer diet of cold beer and anything grilled outdoors. A month prior, our state Supreme Court ruled that our constitutional ban on marriage eligibility for same-sex couples was constitutionally verboten. The following month was our city’s annual Pride Parade. There was the usual assortment of gay bars, bankers, and incumbents seeking reelection. There was also a humanist celebrant...
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