Scotland, UK: Will Marriage Equality Lead to Star Wars Weddings?

Written by scott on March 21st, 2013

Scotland, United Kingdom: Government Presses Ahead With Marriage EqualityThings 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.

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