Marriage and Religious Weddings - Question

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 11:06 am on 30th June 2020.

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Photo of Baroness Meacher Baroness Meacher Crossbench 11:06 am, 30th June 2020

My Lords, it is seven years next month since the same-sex marriage Act was passed, enabling Governments to bring about legal recognition for humanist marriages by ministerial order. Since then, successive Ministers have been very supportive but have had a series of reviews rather than taking action. Meanwhile, 6,000 couples who have had humanist weddings have also been required to have a second marriage ceremony with a registrar to get legal recognition of their ceremony. This cannot be justified. Will the Minister help to achieve legal recognition of humanist marriages, which has the support of the majority in all religious groups?