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A Landmark Victory for Nonreligious Americans
One deeply significant recent development shows just how achievable these goals are. You know that CFI is on the front lines in the ongoing battle to ensure nonbelievers have the same rights as believers. Just this past Monday, July 14, we celebrated a landmark victory for nonreligious Americans, when the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit unanimously ruled that the state of Indiana must allow marriages to be performed by Secular Celebrants, such as those certified by CFI.
In an opinion written by Judge Frank Easterbrook, the court recognized that for groups such as CFI, their beliefs systems are "equivalent to religion except for non-belief in God," and that:
"Those who embrace that secular system want their own views to be expressed by celebrants at marriages, [and] the state must treat them the same way it treats religion."
We at CFI wholeheartedly agree.
This is a major victory for us, and for all secular Americans, because we still suffer from discrimination and the special privileges accorded religion. For the judges of the 7th Circuit to recognize that nonreligious Americans are entitled to the same rights as the religious is enormously encouraging.