Integrated Communities Strategy - Question

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 12:23 pm on 17th November 2020.

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Photo of Lord Beith Lord Beith Liberal Democrat 12:23 pm, 17th November 2020

My Lords, does the Minister appreciate that the right to a legally recognised marriage in their own place of worship was secured after a long struggle by non-conformists in England and Wales, and that nothing should be done to diminish that right or, indeed, to prevent us extending it to other groups? But what constitutes a legally valid religious wedding, and what rights, protections and obligations in law it confers, also needs to be clear. Nobody should be tricked, misled or pressured into a form of marriage that is not valid in law.