Friday, June 08, 2018

Suit Seeks Recognition of Non-Religious Wedding Officiants

A suit was filed last week by Center for Inquiry, a secular humanist organization, challenging the limits in Michigan law that prevent secular celebrants from officiating at weddings in the state.  CFI among other things trains individuals how to solemnize marriage ceremonies consistent with secular principles.  The complaint (full text) in Center for Inquiry, Inc. v. Lyons, (WD MI, filed 5/31/2018) contends:
Michigan law, Mich. Comp. Laws § 551.7, which allows people to be married by the religious leaders of their choice, while denying these opportunities to plaintiffs, creates a preference for religion over non-religion in violation of the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment of the United States Constitution....
The complaint also alleges equal protection violations.  CFI issued a press release announcing the filing of the lawsuit.