We have had legal pagan weddings for the last two years but it seems that some of our TDs are unaware of this fact.
An article in the Limerick leader this morning quotes Willie O’Dea TD as being supportive of legislation to allow for Humanist soleminisers.
An amendment to the 2004 Civil Registration Act, the bill passed in the Dail last week, comes on foot of representations from the Humanist Association of Ireland.
Figures from last year’s census show that 5.3% of the population of Limerick city described themselves as having no religion.
Speaking on the bill, Deputy O’Dea commented: “I have never attended a humanist wedding but I recently attended a humanist funeral in Limerick. I was impressed by the dignity and solemnity of the occasion. People of the humanist persuasion espouse an ethical philosophy of life and are required to act with reason and compassion. I do not doubt that many of them live their lives far better than people who claim to be members of particular religious organisations.”
But it seems that there are some groups he think should not be able to apply to have soleminisers.
Mentioning scientologists, “pagan associations and the Universal Church of Satan”, Deputy O’Dea said “most people would find it undesirable that such organisations might be authorised to solemnise marriages … in this country simply because they happen to be part of a religious group as per the broad definition set out in the principal act”
I’ve already emailed the Deputy to make him aware that we already have legal pagan marriage in this country for the last two years.
Legal Pagan Marriage
With effect from 15th December 2009,
the National Coordinator of Pagan Federation Ireland,
has been registered on the Register of Solemnisers,
under the terms of Section 53(3) of the Civil Registration Act 2004.
Consequently, it is now possible to be legally married
in a Pagan ceremony in Ireland
If you wish to be legally married in a Pagan ceremony,
please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
to discuss the necessary requirements and availability.
In fact I know of a fair new which have even happened in his constituency,
I guess he wasn’t invited.