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Marriage: Humanism

Question for Ministry of Justice

UIN HL4721, tabled on 17 January 2017

To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to enable the recognition in law of marriages in England and Wales conducted by a humanist celebrant; and if so, when.

Answered on

31 January 2017

The Government is carefully considering the report published by the Law Commission on initial scoping work to identify the issues for potential reform of the law concerning how and where people can get married in England and Wales, including considering the differences in treatment that already exist within marriage law alongside any further differences that would result from permitting legally valid non-religious belief marriages.