OK, so what with all the changes in the law following the Equality Act (2010)
, and bringing the rest of the legislation into line with it, Scotland is having a Consultation on Marriage
. The biggie is same-sex marriage, and how do we give same-sex marriage the same legal and social status as opposite-sex marriage? But in the process of pussyfooting around the churches, they have created a 'new' type of marriage.
Currently we have:
Religious marriage (man and woman in church, or pretty much anywhere else, married by a clergyman)
Civil marriage (man and woman in registry office, married by a registrar)
Civil partnership (man and man, or woman and woman, in a registry office, married by a registrar)
There has been an exception since 2005: Humanist celebrants have been able to marry couples in 'Religious ceremonies' but without the whole religion bit attached (my wife and I got married in 2006 in a Humanist 'Religious' ceremony. There was no mention of any deities). Now they look like creating a fourth type of ceremony, a 'Belief marriage', which would allow the Humanists and other organisations which do not own churches to carry out their own ceremonies.
The Free Church of Scotland objects to this on the grounds that it would allow Jedis to marry
. Or Flat-Earthers. Or Pastafarians...
I have already responded to the consultation as an Individual, there is also an option to respond as part of an Organisation. I will need to do a little digging around to see what the current definition of an Organisation is, but I definitely think that the CotFSM should respond to this consultation.