Posted to Religious Diversity News on September 20, 1998
Source: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
On September 20, 1998, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
reported that Christina Francis and Rick Beckner had exchanged
wedding vows on September 19th in Scout Lake Park in Greendale, WI.
Describing the Pagan community of her youth in Milwaukee as “very
hush-hush,” Francis now sees the Pagan community as “more comfortable
with visibility,” such that she is now able to enjoy her wedding
ceremony in a public park. Francis and Beckner were joined in a
ceremony known to Wiccans as second-degree handfasting, which is a
legal marriage for this lifetime. It is preceded by a first-degree
handfasting, which lasts for one year and one day and is akin to a
formal engagement. Third-degree handfasting, an eternal union, may
only be undertaken after many years of marriage.