Couple learns wedding officiator unauthorized after ‘mortifying’ marriage ceremony | Toronto Star
I hate to post this article, as it is very sad. (And it uses the non-existent word 'officiator', which seems like someone who drives a plane in an office?)
But PLEASE, check your officiant's legal status with the Ontario Government before hiring an officiant. It's easy, you can check online:
A properly licensed officiant will always be able to confirm their status, and provide you with up-to-date information.
Note: our Humanist officiants are listed under the "religious" category, even tho we do not perform religious ceremonies. This is because there are ONLY two categories allowed in the Marriage Act: municipal officiants (city clerks trained as marriage officiants, and paid by the municipality) and 'religious' officiants. Some judges may qualify, with conditions, as well.
Humanism is an ethical philosophy of living, and like Unitarians and others, we have been classified as clergy by the province, as we have ethical standards that are stated in our charters, and we belong to organized ethical bodies. We are not employees or clerks of a municipality. That is why you can find our registered officiants under the links above.
Welcome to ElopeToronto.com!
Welcome to ElopeToronto.com! We conduct simple, meaningful, secular (non-religious, non-denominational) humanist marriage ceremonies in Toronto, legally equivalent to a 'civil ceremony' or 'justice of the peace' wedding, for couples looking for an alternative to a 'City Hall' wedding. We also provide simple legal weddings for those planning a destination wedding. Mary is licensed as a Marriage Officiant by the Registrar General of Ontario, and the Ontario Humanist Society
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