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Saturday, June 18, 2005

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 Pair tie knot at humanist wedding

Society moves toward greater rationality and enlightenment:
Britain's first legally recognised humanist wedding has taken place in Edinburgh....

Karen Watts and Martin Reijns were united by a humanist celebrant after it was agreed that previous rules were restrictive and discriminatory.

Rules on the venues in which Scottish couples can marry had been relaxed, but services still had to be carried out by a minister of religion or registrar.

Humanist representatives have demanded the same changes in England and Wales.

Humanists believe that people can live ethical lives without religious beliefs.

Before the changes, anyone choosing a humanist wedding had to have a civil ceremony beforehand to legalise the marriage....

Ms Watts, a community development worker, said: "Neither of us are religious and it would have felt hypocritical to get married in a church. But at the same time we wanted something more meaningful than the legal civil ceremony."

Thanks to Brinstar for the link!

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