The UK government claims to be in favour of marriage as an institution and seems keen to do what it can to strengthen it. But as new statistics from Scotland reveal that humanist marriages are the type of marriage most likely to survive, why has the government repeatedly stalled on extending legal recognition to such marriages in England and Wales?
A humanist wedding is a non-religious ceremony that is deeply personal and conducted by a humanist celebrant. It differs from a civil wedding in that it is entirely hand-crafted and reflective of the beliefs and values of the couple, conducted by a celebrant who shares their beliefs and values.
Humanist marriages have been legally recognised in Scotland since 2005. They gained recognition after the Scottish Registrar General concluded that refusing to give them recognition, when religious marriages are already recognised, would be a breach of the Human Rights Act. The result since then has been to see them skyrocket in popularity, from a handful a year to our sister charity Humanist Society Scotland now being the biggest provider of marriages in Scotland other than the state itself.
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