What kind of vows do Scientology couples exchange?
Scientology wedding ceremonies are collected in “The Background, Ministry, Ceremonies & Sermons of the Scientology Religion.” The book has five versions of the wedding ceremony: traditional, Informal, Single Ring, Double Ring, and Concise Double Ring. In the 1950s, L. Ron Hubbard wrote wedding vows that stress the mutual needs of the couple, now referred to as Scientology’s “traditional ceremony.” They include such quaint advice to the groom as “Now Tom, girls need clothes and food and tender happiness and frills, a pan, a comb, perhaps a cat. All caprice if you will, but still they need them,” and to the bride: “Hear well, sweet Katie, for promise binds. Young men are free and may forget. Remind him that you may have necessities and follies, too.”