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Not just the wedding venues: hitchings, humanists and Hells Angels: ‘railroad, steamboat, river or canal’? (£)

Date:3 JUL 2015
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Emeritus Professor
In September 2014 the Coalition Government issued a Discussion Paper on the - awkward to describe - subject of weddings celebrated by 'non-religious belief organisations'. Three months later that same Government published a summary of the responses (largely from humanists) together with its own reaction to them - which was to ask the Law Commission to undertake a 'broader review of the law concerning marriage ceremonies'.

Marriage law applies regardless of the path taken through the preliminary formalities and ceremonies but for the – temporarily at least - happy couple the choice of pathway seems – paradoxically - to have become more important as the number of weddings has fallen. Yet it is surely the case as with the legal consequences of the outcome that the law governing that choice is rarely known or considered by the parties – or indeed by many other people.

In reviewing the 2014 Discussion Papers this article considers those pathways their history...

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