Law and religion round-up – 5th July

The pubs reopened in England and it became possible to holiday in South Georgia or Tristan da Cunha without having to go into quarantine on return. Meanwhile, back in the real world…

Humanist weddings in England and Wales?

On 7 and 8 July, the High Court will be hearing a challenge by six couples to the continuing absence of provision for humanist wedding ceremonies in England and Wales, arguing that the present position discriminates against them because of their beliefs. S.14 (Marriage according to the usages of belief organisations) of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act 2013, which was inserted at a late stage during the passage of the Bill through the Lords, requires the Secretary of State to “arrange for a review” of the current situation and empowers the Secretary of State to make provision for “belief” marriages by order – but no such provision has since been made, unlike the position in Northern Ireland and Scotland. Continue reading