Support CFI’s Ohio Secular Celebrant Bill! Contact Your Representatives!
July 23, 2014
Last week, Ohio State Representative Mike Foley, working in collaboration with the Northeast Ohio branch of the Center for Inquiry, introduced a bill that willauthorize secular celebrants to solemnize marriages across the state.
Ohio House Bill 591 would reword the current Ohio law governing marriage officiants to allow anyone, regardless of religious affiliation, to register with the Secretary of State and receive the authorization to solemnize marriages.
If HB 591 becomes law, secular humanists, atheists, and other nonreligious Ohioans will no longer have to settle for marriage by government employee, or through some quasi-religious mail-order certification, but will instead be able to celebrate this wonderful milestone event in a way that embraces their nontheistic worldview.
Members of the Northeast Ohio branch of the Center for Inquiry actively lobbied the State Assembly to take up this crucial issue of equal treatment for nonreligious Americans. Rep. Mike Foley embraced the idea, and worked with CFI on the bill.
“I introduced House Bill 591 because we have couples in Ohio who wish to celebrate and solemnize their marriages in a secular manner,” said Rep. Foley. “It is time we allow couples greater freedom in choosing who performs their marriage, especially those couples in our state who do not have ties to a certain religious organizations.”
Now it’s time for other state representatives to join Foley, and sole co-sponsor Rep Robert F. Hagan (D-District 58), in pushing for—and even co-sponsoring—this important bill.