Humanist Marriages

Thank you for contacting me about humanist marriages.

You may be interested to know that when the Government held a consultation on this in 2014, the majority of respondents were in favour of changing the law to allow legally valid non-religious belief ceremonies in unrestricted locations. 

It is important, however, not to embark upon piecemeal reform, which may lead to inconsistencies between groups – for example non-religious belief organisations and religious belief organisations.  The Government announced in June 2019 that the Law Commission will conduct a fundamental review of the law on how and where people can legally marry in England and Wales.  As part of the project, the Law Commission will be considering how a scheme could include weddings conducted by humanist and other non-religious belief organisations and where weddings should be able to take place.

The Law Commission is currently preparing a consultation paper with provisional proposals for reform and questions for consultees.

Thank you again for taking the time to contact me.