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Oregon Debates Legalizing Secular Weddings

The Oregon House of Representatives is considering a measure that would allow “secular celebrants” to officiate weddings. H.B. 3483 would add secular organizations to the list of entities authorized to certify wedding celebrants.

Currently, the privilege of performing marriages is restricted to members of the clergy, judges and other public officials. Non-theists who wish to solemnize marriages must become “ordained” via facetious online entities like the Universal Life Church and the Church of the Latter Day Dude.