Humanist Marriage Ceremonies – Commons Library Standard Note

Humanist Marriage Ceremonies – Commons Library Standard Note



Published 07 January 2015

The Marriage Act 1949 (as amended) provides for civil marriage; marriage according to the rites and ceremonies of the Church of England and the Church in Wales; Jewish and Quaker marriage; and marriage according to the rites of a recognised religion in a building that has been registered for the purpose. There are restrictions on where a marriage can be celebrated.

At present, humanist marriage ceremonies do not have legal force and the parties must have an additional ceremony (for example, at a register office) for the marriage to be legally valid. The British Humanist Association has campaigned for the law to be changed to allow humanist celebrants to conduct legal marriages.

Proposals by the previous Government to give couples a greater choice of where to marry, as part of a more general reform of civil registration, did not proceed.

Section 14 of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act 2013 required the Government to conduct a review, including a full public consultation, of whether the law should be changed to permit non-religious belief marriage ceremonies. The consultation ran from 26 June 2014 to 18 September 2014. The Government’s response to the consultation was published on 18 December 2014. Continue reading 

Via Marriage Act of 1961 under Commonwealth Law.

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3 Responses to Humanist Marriage Ceremonies – Commons Library Standard Note

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  2. towardchange says:

    1. Nikah Contract
    In Sharia law marriage is viewed as a contract by which the parties agree to live as husband and wife in accordance with the guidance contained in the two primary sources of the Sharia, the Qu’ran and the Sunnah of the Prophet Muhammad. One of the essential elements of a nikah (Islamic marriage contract) is that the husband agrees to pay the wife a dowry (see below).

    Although Muslims believe that a nikah contract performed in England and Wales is valid in the eyes of God, it is not a valid marriage per se under the law of England and Wales. The parties are merely cohabitees. Thus many Muslims marry in a registered mosque in England and Wales in accordance with S 26(1)(a) Marriage Act 1949 or undergo a civil marriage as well as a nikah.

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