It dawned upon me today that, when the time comes to marry the current girlfriend, that her father would likely deny any request for permission/blessing of the marriage. (Before you ask, it is my gf who is insistent that I ask. Yes, I know full well that it is entirely her decision, not his. However, not asking is NOT an option, so forget it. ) I'm not religious. She's not religious, and probably due in large part to me. We were both baptized catholic as infants. We have lived together for years. Her dad, on the other hand, is super-uber-mega-catholic. When he and the gf's sister came down for Thanksgiving last year, we're told that he prayed the rosary the ENTIRE DRIVE (11 hours) both fucking ways. There's a pretty strong chance that he'll be insistent upon us having a catholic wedding ceremony in a catholic church and that's something that neither of us want at all. When I inform him that we'd rather be married in a secular location of our choosing, ministered by a friend of ours, I expect that he'll say no. This fucking sucks. That will easily be the most awkward situation in my entire life. This is mostly for venting, because it really frustrates me.