Humanists cannot perform marriages in British Columbia
A Humanist marriage is a meaningful non-religious ceremony that recognizes and celebrates the personal bond between two unique individuals.
In Scotland, Humanist marriages are more popular than those performed by the Catholic Church and the Church of Scotland. They are also recognized across Scandinavia, Australia, New Zealand and even in Ontario.
Here in British Columbia, the government has given religious groups the authority to perform marriages but they rejected our application.
Catholics, Buddhists and even Scientologists are given a benefit that's denied to us.
Legalize Humanist Marriage in BC
The Honourable Adrian Dix, Minister of Health:
Direct the Vital Statistics Agency to recognize Humanist and non-theistic worldviews for the purposes of the Marriage Act.
Vital Statistics has already recognized groups as diverse as Wiccans, New Age groups, Zen Buddhism, the Church of Scientology and a metaphysical ministry. Expanding the recognition to include Humanists would end the Agency's discriminatory double-standard against some non-theistic worldviews.
Ultimately, these changes should be codified in an amendment to the Marriage Act.