Secular Weddings in Canada: An Examination of a Humanist Response to the Evolution of Marriage

Despite increasing societal secularization, little research has been undertaken on the needs of non-religious people to engage in marriage ceremony or the means by which such needs are met. Using a jurisdictional scan, focus groups, and an on-line survey, this exploratory survey examines the provisi...

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Published in:Secularism and Nonreligion
Main Author: Robertson, Lloyd Hawkeye
Format: Electronic Article
Language:English
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Published: [2017]
In:Secularism and Nonreligion
Year: 2017, Volume: 6, Pages: 1-10
Standardized Subjects / Keyword chains:B Canada / Secular humanism / Wedding ceremony / Forme
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Summary:Despite increasing societal secularization, little research has been undertaken on the needs of non-religious people to engage in marriage ceremony or the means by which such needs are met. Using a jurisdictional scan, focus groups, and an on-line survey, this exploratory survey examines the provision for and use of secular legal marriage in Canada’s regions from a humanist perspective. It is postulated that marriage ceremonies have persisted among the non-religious due to needs to authenticate or recognize transitional changes to the self, but these needs have been met through ad hoc strategies as opposed to a uniform demand for humanist services. Implications for humanist organizations are discussed along with recommendations for further research.
ISSN:2053-6712
Contains:Enthalten in: Secularism and Nonreligion
Persistent identifiers:DOI: 10.5334/snr.76