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MoJ consults on marriages by non-religious belief organisations

Consultation proposes a third type of legal ceremony

Section 14 of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act 2013 requires a review to be carried out of whether the law should be changed to permit marriages by non-religious belief organisations.

A new consultation by the Ministry of Justice asks if there is a substantial case for changing the law to establish non-religious belief ceremonies. This would allow a third type of legal ceremony, alongside religious and civil ceremonies, for getting married in England and Wales.

Section 14 defines a belief organisation as 'an organisation whose principal or sole purpose is the advancement of a system of non-religious beliefs which relate to morality or ethics'.

The consultation also seeks views on 

The consultation document is here.

26/6/14