GOVERNMENT BLOCK ON ‘FRINGE ISSUE’ OF HUMANIST WEDDINGS
A dispute over the status of ‘humanist’ marriages, compared to traditional church weddings, has broken out between the Tories and the Liberal Democrats.
The Lib Dems want people who are agnostic or atheist to be able to have a secular wedding, outside a registry office.
They argue that ‘humanist’ weddings should have the same legal force as marriages in a church or a synagogue.
A senior Government source has revealed that Downing Street is against the proposal, saying: “the Tories have basically said ‘no way’. They think this is a fringe issue”.
Ministers are expected to announce their response to the issue next month.