Law and religion round-up – 20th January

Prayers in the House of Commons, opposite sex civil partnerships, the Human Rights Act – and Brexit, about which the less said, the better…

Prayers in the House of Commons

On 11 January, Crispin Blunt tabled the following Early Day Motion in the Commons:

“That this House recognises that religious worship should not play any part in the formal business of the House of Commons; believes that parliamentary meetings should be conducted in a manner equally welcoming to all attendees, irrespective of their personal beliefs; further believes that Parliamentary Prayers are not compatible with a society which respects the principle of freedom of and from religion; urges that prayers should not form part of the official business of Parliament; and calls on the Procedure Committee to consider alternative arrangements.”

This has attracted the support of two MPs in addition to its six sponsors; Continue reading