Group Asks Naval Academy to Allow Humanist Wedding
An attorney for the American Humanist Association said Tuesday the organization will consider taking legal action after the U.S. Naval Academy denied a request for a humanist wedding ceremony in the academyâ€™s main chapel.
The group released a letter on Tuesday describing a request to use the chapel by Ensign Sean Cruz, a 2012 graduate and an active duty naval officer. He applied in May to be married by a legally recognized wedding officiant in the chapel.
â€śIt appears that he has been denied this request because the Naval Academy wishes to confer the benefit of the chapelâ€™s beautiful architecture and capacious interior solely on Christians, to the exclusion of other religions and the nonreligious,â€ť William Burgess and Monica Miller, legal consultants for the association, wrote in a letter to Vice Adm. Michael Miller, the academyâ€™s superintendent, and Cmdr. Michael Gore, the senior chaplain....