Christian actress Candace Cameron Bure has defended a Maryland bride who presented her father with a "certificate of purity" signed by her doctor during her wedding reception as a way to prove that she maintained her virginity until marriage.

 

Twenty-two-year-old Brelyn Bowman, who pledged to God when she was 13 years old to remain celibate until she got married, was one of the topics of discussion on Thursday's episode of ABC's daytime television talk show "The View."

 

Bowman, who posted a picture Instagram last week from her wedding that featured her posing in her weddings dress with her father, who's a pastor, holding the purity certificate has become the center of a social media storm.

 

As Bowman's life choice has drawn criticism and mockery by many online, Bure, who stars in the upcoming Netflix show "Fuller House," was much more supportive of Bowman's celibacy than her co-hosts on "The View."

 

As the world today has become secular, now the idea of premarital sex is less taboo than it once was. However, Bure explained that there are many in society today that hold onto their virginity for decades as a testament to their faith.

 

"There are a lot more virgins out there than people realize. I have a lot of girlfriends, and know of guys, that are in their 30s that still have their virginity," Bure said. "It's not a surprise to me, but that's also the types of friendships and groups of people or people within the church communities. So it's very familiar, so it is not shocking to me.


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Posted by Azania Phillips Thursday, October 29, 2015 9:02:00 AM

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