Law and religion round-up – 30th January

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Marriage law in England and Wales

In response to the question by Baroness Cox (Crossbencher), “further to the Integrated Communities Strategy Green Paper published on 14 March 2018, whether they can provide an update on their progress in exploring ‘the legal and practical challenges of limited reform relating to the law on marriage and religious weddings'”, Lord Wolfson of Tredegar responded:

“This is a difficult issue which requires careful consideration. The Law Commission are looking at aspects of the problem through their review of the law governing legal marriage ceremonies. This review will present options for reforms to modernise marriage law, including in relation to who can solemnise a marriage and ways of ensuring that fewer weddings conducted according to religious rites result in a marriage that the law does not recognise at all. The Government will consider the case for more comprehensive and enduring reform to marriage law once the Law Commission’s recommendations have been received. Continue reading