The Ministry of Justice has launched a consultation on the possibility of marriages conducted by ‘non-religious belief organisations’.
Such organisations are defined by Section 14 of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act as bodies with a primary focus on “the advancement of a system of non-religious beliefs which relate to morality or ethics”.
The Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act requires a review of current legislation in relation to whether such organisations should be allowed to conduct weddings.
If introduced, such ceremonies would add a third type of marriage to English and Welsh law, alongside religious and civil weddings.
Participants are invited to provide input on which organisations might meet the Section 14 definition, where such marriages might take place, and any safeguards that might be necessary.
The consultation runs until 18 September and can be read here.