Law and religion round-up – 15th December

“Well, aside from that, Mrs Lincoln, what did you think of the play?”

Same-sex marriage in Northern Ireland

The News Letter reports a call for the Government to introduce a “conscience clause” for local authority registrars in Northern Ireland ahead of the introduction of same-sex marriage in January. It is anticipated the first same-sex marriages will take place in February; but while there is to be a consultation on relation to same-sex marriage within religious organisations, there is no current plan to consult on civil weddings carried out by local authority registrars.

Social housing and religion

We have previously reported the case of Z, a woman with four children who was refused a tenancy with the Agudas Israel Housing Association because it had been founded to provide social housing for Orthodox Jews in north London and she was not Jewish. Continue reading