Or at least it’s trying to.
The consultation, which sought views on whether non religious belief organisations like humanists should be allowed to conduct marriage ceremonies, has now closed, and the report has been published today.
Not surprisingly, the majority of people who contributed to the consultation saw no reason why such organisations shouldn’t be able to conduct such ceremonies (and to do so in unrestricted locations, including outdoors), but the consultation also reveals a well known truth: that our marriage laws are messy and piecemeal changes create even more, unnecessary, complexity.
This may be good news for the legal eagles who will be tasked with picking through the many legislative threads now tangled together, from outdated laws still knotting things up, to newer, progressive laws allowing more people to marry in different ways and adding layers of law which do not tie up with the layers underneath it. The trouble is, all these options have been developed over time and so they create a patchwork quilt of confusing principles and policy which make for potentially awkward equality issues. We have always thought that marriage law should be scrapped and re-drafted. And we still think so.
One law for all.