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Christopher Yaure
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I am considering becoming a Humanist Celebrant, which would authorize me to perform weddings. In PA the most common option for non-religious who are getting married is a judge (my wife and I had a judge who was a wondeful officiant at our wedding). If you are non-religious and were getting married, would you consider a Humanist Celebrant? Would any of the religious here consider a Humanist Celebrant?

http://humanist-society.org/become-a-celebrant/

edited to correct typo - thanks McSpiffy
 
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I'm still an atheist, thank god.
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Damian
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Sure. My wife and I eloped to Vermont and were married at a B&B by a Justice of the Peace (he was also the Town Clerk who issued our license earlier that day). Having to get a judge sounds inconvenient for the (relatively) short notice we asked so more options always seems better.
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My wife and I are very much non-religious. But more important than being non-religious, we are also exceptionally lazy and hired a wedding consultant to do all the hard work for us on or wedding day. (Best decision we made, incidentally). She asked us for the type of ceremony we wanted, we indicated "non-religious" and she found a priest willing to officiate for us while leaving God out of the ceremony (except for a single, nebulous, interpret it as you want reference). We were good with that.

Were a Humanist option presented to us we would have definitely considered it.

This was over 15 years ago and I was still vaguely Catholic. If we were getting married today I would definitely search for a completely secular option, and Humanist would be a fine choice.
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Marriage is a religious ceremony, even when the religion is that of the state.
 
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actuaryesquire wrote:
I am considering becoming a Humanist Celebrant, which would authorize me to perform weddings. In PA the most common option for non-religious who are getting married is a judge (my wife and I had a judge who was a wondeful officiant at our wedding). If you are non-religious and were getting married, would you consider a Humanist Celebant? Would any of the religious here consider a Humanist Celebrant?

http://humanist-society.org/become-a-celebrant/
Why would it make a difference to me whether you have sex or not?
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LightRider wrote:
Marriage is a religious ceremony, even when the religion is that of the state.
Nice. A tad more subtle than your usual fare. Only a tad to be fair, but when the bar is set so consistently low it's easy to be impressed.
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LightRider wrote:
Marriage is a religious ceremony, even when the religion is that of the state.
Are you certain you're not thinking of a of a monetary-based marriage. A resource-based marriage operates under entirely different principles.
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I hope a Humanist Celebrant would accept bitcoin.
 
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Non-religious and I would be fine with a HuCe officiating.

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Meat wrote:
LightRider wrote:
Marriage is a religious ceremony, even when the religion is that of the state.
Are you certain you're not thinking of a of a monetary-based marriage. A resource-based marriage operates under entirely different principles.
Explain the difference.
 
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wedding or funeral - always have a big orgy
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LightRider wrote:
Meat wrote:
LightRider wrote:
Marriage is a religious ceremony, even when the religion is that of the state.
Are you certain you're not thinking of a of a monetary-based marriage. A resource-based marriage operates under entirely different principles.
Explain the difference.
A monetary-based marriage is more greatly affected by unseen market forces over which the participants have little control. It's very volatile and unpredictable, with a good chance of failure. A resource-based marriage is backed by intrinsic value, which has a smoothing effect. Such will also see continued growth over the long term.
 
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Meat wrote:
LightRider wrote:
Meat wrote:
LightRider wrote:
Marriage is a religious ceremony, even when the religion is that of the state.
Are you certain you're not thinking of a of a monetary-based marriage. A resource-based marriage operates under entirely different principles.
Explain the difference.
A monetary-based marriage is more greatly affected by unseen market forces over which the participants have little control. It's very volatile and unpredictable, with a good chance of failure. A resource-based marriage is backed by intrinsic value, which has a smoothing effect. Such will also see continued growth over the long term.
Plus the computer tells you who the most efficient person to marry is.

Edit: It would be an RNG'ed marriage. GET IT?!?!?!
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Christopher Yaure
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LightRider wrote:
Marriage is a religious ceremony, even when the religion is that of the state.
Separate from the point you are trying to make, on which we obviously differ, you are also confusing the ceremony (wedding) with the relationship (marriage).
 
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I am planning on eloping and then throwing a kegger. I don’t like ceremonies.
 
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actuaryesquire wrote:
LightRider wrote:
Marriage is a religious ceremony, even when the religion is that of the state.
Separate from the point you are trying to make, on which we obviously differ, you are also confusing the ceremony (wedding) with the relationship (marriage).
Yes, thanks for the correction.
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Meat wrote:
LightRider wrote:
Meat wrote:
LightRider wrote:
Marriage is a religious ceremony, even when the religion is that of the state.
Are you certain you're not thinking of a of a monetary-based marriage. A resource-based marriage operates under entirely different principles.
Explain the difference.
A monetary-based marriage is more greatly affected by unseen market forces over which the participants have little control. It's very volatile and unpredictable, with a good chance of failure. A resource-based marriage is backed by intrinsic value, which has a smoothing effect. Such will also see continued growth over the long term.
This was almost funny.
 
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The real question between deciding on a Judge or a Humanist Celebrant is...

which is cheaper?
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I was married in my mother-in-law (to be)'s living room by a judge my parents know.

I personally find big weddings kind of gauche, but it's a popular tradition so I guess if you have the money, fine.
 
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I have no idea of the religious affiliation (if any) of the person who married me and my wife.
 
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quozl wrote:
The real question between deciding on a Judge or a Humanist Celebrant is...

which is cheaper?
That was my thought too. I don't see how it could be cheaper than my Justice of the Peace wedding in PA.
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No answer to the thread, but when reading threads like this, since I come from a country where a wedding is performed by a city official, I Always find it so strange when people are talking about a non-government official as the primary person for performing a wedding.
 
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mag74b wrote:
No answer to the thread, but when reading threads like this, since I come from a country where a wedding is performed by a city official, I Always find it so strange when people are talking about a non-government official as the primary person for performing a wedding.
To be fair, religous folk usually have two ceremony's, a civil one in city hall (or other fancy location) and a religious one in church. Apparently, such is not the norm internationally.

As any right minded atheist, I was married in church by a catholic priest including all the religious bells and whistles. What can I say, it's like, tradition, man. Also, I did not get most of the religious stuff because it was in Polish and despite speaking that tongue a bit, most went over my head.

I admit I was a bit shocked initially when informed that the church marriage also took care of the civil side of things. We live and learn.
 
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