Marriage: Humanism

Ministry of Justice written question – answered on 12th December 2017.

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Photo of Lord Warner Lord Warner Labour

To ask Her Majesty's Government, in the light of the fact that there are now more humanist marriages in Scotland than Church of Scotland marriages, what assessment they have made of the impact of extending legal recognition to humanist marriage on the number of people getting married overall.

Photo of Lord Keen of Elie Lord Keen of Elie The Advocate-General for Scotland, Lords Spokesperson (Ministry of Justice)

The Government has noted the use of humanist marriages in Scotland and has not carried out a specific assessment. The existing law on how and where people may marry in England and Wales presents different issues from other jurisdictions for the Government to consider.

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