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Oregon Could Allow Secular Groups To Perform Weddings

Jeffrey Santos Arrogante

Secular groups could perform weddings under a measure up for a committee vote Monday in the Oregon legislature.

You can go to court to get married in Oregon. But that will set you back over $100 in fees.

The Oregon ACLU says that discriminates against people who are philosophically opposed to religion - people like Cathy Phillips of Lebanon, Oregon, whose daughter is getting married this month.

"Finding an officiant who shares our atheistic beliefs is a challenge sometimes," Phillips said.

So theirs is ordained by an online nondenominational “church.”

The measure being voted on Monday would allow organizations not affiliated with a religion to oversee marriage ceremonies.

A proposed amendment would also allow current or former members of the legislature to perform weddings.

Copyright 2015 Northwest News Network

Chris Lehman
Chris Lehman graduated from Temple University with a journalism degree in 1997. He landed his first job less than a month later, producing arts stories for Red River Public Radio in Shreveport, Louisiana. Three years later he headed north to DeKalb, Illinois, where he worked as a reporter and announcer for NPR–affiliate WNIJ–FM. In 2006 he headed west to become the Salem Correspondent for the Northwest News Network.