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 academy‚Äôs 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.
‚ÄúIt appears that he has been denied this request because the Naval Academy wishes to confer the benefit of the chapel‚Äôs beautiful architecture and capacious interior solely on Christians, to the exclusion of other religions and the nonreligious,‚ÄĚ William Burgess and Monica Miller, legal consultants for the association, wrote in a letter to Vice Adm. Michael Miller, the academy‚Äôs superintendent, and Cmdr. Michael Gore, the senior chaplain....