Atheist Group Argues In Court For Right To Perform Weddings
The ACLU says Indiana's marriage laws are unconstitutional because they do not allow non-religious organizations to marry people.
A secular organization, the Center for Inquiry, argued in federal court Monday that Indianas marriage statute is unconstitutional because it does not allow non-religious organizations to marry people.Under Indiana statute, marriage is essentially a two-step process. The state issues a marriage license and then it is solemnized. The states marriage statute spells out who can solemnize, including religious organizations and some elected officials.
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Since: Feb 11
Pale Blue Dot
#1 Oct 23, 2012
Can a Minister of Dudeism from the Church of the Latter Day Dude perform the marriage ceremony in Indiana? Abiding Dudes need to know.
Since: May 08
#2 Oct 23, 2012
We have the same conceptual problem here in Georgia.
Our state statute says that the ceremony must be performed by a leader of a recognized religion or some such wording.
My daughter wanted to be married down in Savannah this past April and she wanted a Humanist Officiant.
So I called the county recorder's office and asked them specifically what they meant by a "recognized religion" to which they said that they do not get into deciding what is or is not a "recognized religion". I pushed the point a little and asked if that meant that they would basically accept anybody's signature on the form and she said that was right.
So I got my friend Herb Silverman to perform the ceremony out on Tybee Island. It was a most excellent wedding!
#3 Thursday Jul 23
So it will work, unless it is ever challenged in court. Not until then will we know if it will hold up, am I correct? As an ordained minister of the Church of Latter-Day Dude I should under the law be allowed to perform a wedding, with the catch clause being "Recognized Religion" Since they do not know what religions they "recognize" it will be up to the judge overseeing any challenge to a marriage performed.. right?
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