Marriage: Humanism

Ministry of Justice written question – answered on 7th March 2022.

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Photo of Baroness Bakewell Baroness Bakewell Labour

To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to grant full legal status to humanist marriages.

Photo of Lord Wolfson of Tredegar Lord Wolfson of Tredegar The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Justice

The Government will consider the case for comprehensive and enduring reform once the Law Commission has completed its review of marriage law. The Law Commission will present options for reforms to modernise marriage law. Options are expected to include offering couples greater flexibility to form their own ceremonies, allowing the ceremony to take place in a much broader range of locations and to provide a framework that could allow non-religious belief organisations (such as Humanists) and/or independent celebrants to conduct legally binding weddings. The report is expected in July 2022.

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