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A commitment ceremony is often very similar to many other kinds of weddings. The difference is, that rather than being a legally binding ceremony, it is simply a public affirmation of a couple's commitment to one another. A couple may be lesbian, gay, or transgender, or a couple who simply wants to affirm their love but not necessarily to marry under the law.
Commitment ceremonies are also performed for couples who have been previously legally married and have kept the marriage a secret. At some point in time these couples may wish to marry with friends and family present and given that they are already legally married, this can be a commitment ceremony, much like a renewal of vows.
A commitment ceremony may be formal, traditional or loose and unstructured. The makeup of the ceremony will depend on the couple's own preferences. A commitment ceremony does not involve laws or government agencies, so there is no legal documentation. The couple's legal status doesn't change.
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