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Publication of humanist marriage ceremony briefing paper

The government has published a briefing paper regarding humanist marriage ceremonies in England and Wales. Currently, it is not possible to have a legally binding humanist, or other non-religious belief, marriage in England and Wales. However, such a marriage is recognised in Scotland and Northern Ireland.

The Law Commission is currently conducting a wider consultation, due in July 2022, on reform of the law in England and Wales relating to how and where marriages can take place. The government has said it will decide how to proceed following the publication of the Law Commission's recommendations.

For the briefing paper, click here.

Julia Queen, Barrister, Coram Chambers