What title or term is appropriate for a genuine or sincere person?

I'm looking to avoid using the terms "genuine," "sincere," and "honest" as adjectives. I would like to use a noun that implies these characteristics.

For example: I can potentially call a person who is highly dogmatic a priest. Far easier than that, I could call a protective person a defender.

For context: I am presently writing my wedding vows. I would like to communicate to my future husband that I vow to be his (TERM IN QUESTION HERE), and then add some strong but expressive context to the statement.

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    Can you please give an example sentence showing how the word would be used? A 'title' is usually a formal way of addressing someone, or a name that describes someone's position or job. Commented Nov 18, 2021 at 18:32
  • The original question has been edited for context. Unfortunately, I don't have the sentence structured yet, as I am awaiting the term in question. I could provide another example of what I mean, however. Please see the below quote from another portion of the vows. "I vow to ever be your defender, your protector, and your confidant; whatever time and circumstance might bring. No danger shall find you alone."
    – N. Henry
    Commented Nov 18, 2021 at 18:44
  • I was about to suggest confidante, but there you have it in your own example. Commented Nov 18, 2021 at 18:46
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    I vow to be true No, not me, I'm a slippery kind of character, I mean OP might incorporate that in <appropriate pronoun> wedding vows. Commented Nov 18, 2021 at 18:50
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    I will be your rock. Commented Nov 18, 2021 at 20:00

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You might have to turn to metaphor. "Genuine, sincere, and honest": someone who doesn't hide or lie about their true feelings. "An open book" is a common idiom. A "plumb line" is something that can be relied on for accuracy. If the point is that your husband can trust you to tell him the truth about himself without flattery or prevarication, some poetic turn of phrase like "your unclouded mirror" might be appropriate.

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    I love the idea of using the expression I vow to be your plumb line in one's wedding vows! Me, I'd throw in and your spirit level too, but maybe that's too much? Commented Nov 19, 2021 at 7:48
  • @HighPerformanceMark “Your spirited levelness is my spirit’s spirit level, and raises the level of my spirits.” Commented Nov 19, 2021 at 15:51
  • @HighPerformanceMark “You are my set square, without whom all my right angles would be just wrong—and I’d be obtuse not to note that you’re pretty acute, too…” Commented Nov 19, 2021 at 15:53
  • I want to marry you ... Commented Nov 19, 2021 at 17:06

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