Athiests and marriage
bbb

Sydney, Australia

#1 Nov 18, 2013
Why do atheist get married like Christians etc...don't they have their own ritual weddings?

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#2 Nov 19, 2013
bbb wrote:
Why do atheist get married like Christians etc...don't they have their own ritual weddings?
Look up civil ceremony.

Since: Jun 07

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#3 Nov 19, 2013
"In 1973, Civil Ceremonies were legalised, after the government decided that people should not be forced to have religious ceremonies which mark major events in their lives. They should have a choice." (UK)
Amused

Lowell, MA

#4 Nov 19, 2013
bbb wrote:
Why do atheist get married like Christians etc...don't they have their own ritual weddings?
Where I live, there's no requirement for any religious ceremony at all. Judges, justices of the peace, city and town clerks all have the power to perform marriage ceremonies. There's even a provision where someone who does not hold any office can receive a special commission to perform a single ceremony. So, if you want a non-religious ceremony, there are plenty of options. On the other hand, if an atheist is marrying a follower of some religion, I see no problem with going through with a ceremony in accordance with the believer's faith, as a gesture of respect for the partner's beliefs. If you can't compromise enough to do that for your partner, both parties ought to think about whether the marriage has any shot at lasting. The wedding's just one day. What really counts is all the days after that one. Every day, there needs to be some compromising, to make things work. If one partner is getting their way 100% of the time, it isn't a marriage, it is a dictatorship.

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