Things get stranger and stranger as one of the opponents of the pending marriage equality bill in Scotland raises the specter of weddings conducted by Jedis. Pink News reports:
The Free Church of Scotland, which opposes allowing same-sex couples to marry, has raised the prospect of Jedi-driven ceremonies… Along with protecting religious freedom, the consultation also looks at how religious and civil partnership ceremonies could be joined by a new category covering ceremonies performed by organisations that promote a non-religious belief. Free Church of Scotland spokesman Reverend Iver Martin told the BBC: “The third category is quite astonishing because it is the so-called belief category without really defining what belief means. There are loads of people in a diverse society like this for whom belief can mean virtually anything – the Flat Earth Society and Jedi Knights Society – who knows?”
The Scottish Government explained what the provision is really about:
“As part of the consultation we have outlined the reason for suggesting a third type of ceremony. At the moment, marriage ceremonies by bodies such as humanists have been classed as religious, even though the beliefs of such organisations are non-religious.” The spokeswoman stressed the importance of maintaining the reputation of marriage in Scotland and added: “We are proposing the introduction of tests which a religious or belief body would have to meet before they could be authorised to solemnise marriage.”
Translation: no Jedi officiants for Scotland.