Four years ago, the Government of BC denied our request to register representatives that can perform legal marriages.
Last week, we learned through a Freedom of Information request that while Humanism isn't considered a valid "religion" for the purposes of the Marriage Act, Scientology, Zen Buddhists and a group called the Canadian International Metaphysical Ministry are. The latter group appears online to exist for primary purpose of registering celebrants who then offer their services in secular and commercial, rather than religious language.
We detail these findings, plus how Humanists are able to perform marriages in Scotland, Norway, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, the USA and Ontario in a report we published on Wednesday.
In that report, we make the case for the legislative or judicial changes to the Marriage Act.
It's time to end religious privilege in marriage. As we move toward the upcoming provincial election, I hope you'll ask your candidates whether they'll support such an amendment.
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Introducing our newest addition
We're proud to introduce the newest addition to the BC Humanist Association Team: Brent Cooper!
Brent trained as a political sociologist, and is a filmmaker and founder of The Abs-Tract Organization. He will be helping record and produce our Sunday meetings into podcasts. He's already caught up on the past three weeks, which you can now hear online.
If you want to listen to any of our older recordings, you can find them on SoundCloud or iTunes. These are all published under a Creative Commons license, so you're free to use them for your own local groups.
New on our website
News: Humanist marriage report published
The Case for Humanist Marriage in BC sets out arguments for changing the Marriage Act to allow Humanists to perform ceremonies.
Friday, March 17, 2017 at 04:30 PM
- Armin Navabi - Islam: To reform or abandon? at Rm 2514 in The Nest, Vancouver
Sunday, March 19, 2017 at 10:00 AM
- Sunday Meeting: Donna Barker - Humanism & Implicit Bias at Oakridge Seniors Centre, Vancouver
Sunday, March 26, 2017 at 10:00 AM
- Sunday Meeting: Nicolas Fillion - Conspiracy Theories at Oakridge Seniors Centre, Vancouver
Tuesday, April 4, 2017 at 7:00 PM
- Book club: The Sixth Extinction by Elizabeth Kolbert at Goldis' Home, Vancouver