Government Consultation on State Marriage Ceremonies Outdoors

A non-tax item but as a lawyer my eye was caught by a government consultation on allowing non-religious groups to conduct their own form of state recognised marriage ceremony outdoors. The problem is English law on selected state recognised religious marriage is based just on registering buildings (with a small exception for Quaker or Jewish religious marriages outdoors). But some non-religious groups don’t have their own buildings. So the government is consulting on maybe having a third type of non-religious ceremony alongside religious marriage and civil marriage or civil partnership. All very confusing. English state marriage is open to all but state civil partnership is not. The state allows some religions to conduct their religious marriages ceremonies outdoors, but other religions are denied that freedom. Now there is a proposal to have a third class of ceremony for non-religious groups. To avoid the shambles that is English law on marriage at least one major religion in England has advised its places to de-register for state recognised marriage. Scottish law on this is very different, and some say much better. In France there is state marriage at the town hall and people can have whatever religious or belief ceremony they like apart from that.
Eamon McNicholas
Tax Barrister, Accountant

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