Following the United States Supreme Court decision that rendered Same-sex marriage legal, there has been an outpouring of support for the LGBT community and their newfound rights to wed whomever they see fit. However it comes as no surprise that some conservative governments have begun introducing legislation to prevent same-sex marriage, by requiring all marriages to be performed by ordained clergymen.
This has prompted the long-awaited launch of the First Church of Celestia, which held service for the first time yesterday.
"It was a long time coming," said Pope Jade Aurora, removing her ceremonial Alicorn horn and wings after the service. "But we all thought it was time to create a true religion dedicated to the teachings of Princess Celestia, and her messages of friendship and the power of love and tolerance."
The Church, which is being operated by legally-recognized ministers, ordained by The AMM, as well as Universal Life Church, will be legally able to perform same-sex marriages, a fact that is sure to piss off just about everyone.
The service on Sunday (the day of the Sun) was somber. It began with a prayer, started in accordance with tradition with "Dear Princess Celestia..." and ended with the priestess uttering the recessional phrase "Praise the Sun" (which the congregation replies to with "Double the fun", acknowledging the end of the day of the Sun and the beginning of the day of the Moon sister).
Services take place every weekend, and consist of study of the holy works (so far there are 102 recognized works, each lasting approximately 22 minutes) and discussion of whether or not to allow contested works into the holy canon.
"Equestria Girls is TOTALLY canon!" argues one theology scholar, referring to a bizarre trilogy of works, in which the Apostle Twilight Sparkle is trans-substantiated into human form, and fends off demons. Other contested works include a series of graphic novels by various authors, which conflict with the accepted canon. The graphic novels have been added in some canons to the book of "IDW", which stands for "Indeterminate Divine Works", referring to their contested status.
Cake and Tea are the official communion staples of the church, which is served shortly after the sermon.
Other aspects of the newly formed religion include idols of the
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