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Group asks Naval Academy to allow humanist wedding

Tuesday - 7/30/2013, 6:20pm  ET

Associated Press

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) -- An attorney for the American Humanist Association says the organization will consider taking legal action after the U.S. Naval Academy denied a request for a humanist wedding ceremony in the academy's main chapel.

The group released a letter on Tuesday describing a request to use the chapel by Ensign Sean Cruz, a 2012 graduate.

Jennifer Erickson, an academy spokeswoman, says in an email that the Naval Academy Chapel is a religious venue used for Protestant and Catholic services since its dedication in 1908 due to permanent Christian architectural features. She also notes alternative venues are offered at the academy, including a nondenominational chapel.

But Bill Burgess, an attorney for the association, says the chapel is a much nicer facility, and people of other religions and the nonreligious shouldn't be excluded.

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