Northern Ireland: consultation on changes to marriage law

The Northern Ireland Department of Finance has launched a public consultation on changing two aspects of local marriage law.

The first issue is changing marriage laws to include belief marriage. The proposal is that belief weddings, such as those conducted by humanist celebrants – which are currently subject to temporary arrangements –should be put on an equal legal footing with religious weddings.

The second is the minimum age at which people can legally marry or enter a civil partnership. Continue reading