The Government on reform of wedding law in England & Wales

In the House of Lords on Thursday 28 February, the Advocate-General for Scotland, Lord Keen of Elie, answered the following question from Baroness Cox:

“To ask Her Majesty’s Government, following Resolution 2253 (2019) passed on 22 January by the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe [and on which Russell Sandberg has previously commented adversely on this blog], what plans they have to review the Marriage Act 1949 to make it a legal requirement for Muslim couples to civilly register their marriage before, or at the same time as, their Islamic ceremony.”

He replied that the Government remains

“committed to exploring the legal and practical challenges of limited reform relating to the law on marriage and religious weddings, as outlined in the Government’s recently-published Integrated Communities Action Plan.” Continue reading