Religious marriage of same-sex couples

One we should have carried earlier – Sero Sed Serio

Towards the end of 2017, researchers at the Universities of York and Leeds published the results of their recent work in the snappily-titled report Religious marriage of same-sex couples: A report on places of worship in England and Wales registered for the solemnization of same-sex marriage. They found that same-sex couples who wish to marry by way of a religious ceremony in England and Wales are at a significant disadvantage compared with different-sex couples since they have little opportunity to marry in a place of worship or by way of a religious ceremony.

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Recent queries and comments – late December

More answers to readers’ queries and comments

Below is the final compilation of “Quick Answers”, which from 13 August 2017 have provided responses to ~170 readers’ queries, with a few general comments thrown in for good measure. In view of the disparate nature of the searches, we will not be posting an end-of-year summary, although at a later stage may publish a collated version the more frequent requests.  Continue reading

Alternative cremation option “on hold”

Doubts raised on use of new process in West Midlands

On 18 December 2017 the BBC reported ‘Water cremation’ plans on hold over environmental fears following an earlier refusal* by Severn Trent Water to grant a trade effluent permit to Sandwell Council who wished to operate an alkaline hydrolysis plant (“resomation”) for the disposal of human remains. Readers will recall last week’s post on the Law Commission’s 13th Programme of Law Reform on the 14 projects that the it will look at over the next three years. One of these was “A Modern Framework for Disposing of the Dead” Continue reading

Law Commission Review: 13th Programme of Law Reform

On 14 December, the Law Commission announced that leasehold, trust law, smart contracts and chancel repair liability are among the 14 projects that the Law Commission will look at over the next three years. A number of these projects are associated with “law and religion” and related issues, including: Continue reading