Soon to be Skywalking up the aisle?
The proposals to change the law to allow humanist weddings - for couples who do not want a religious or civil marriage to express their commitment – may also legalise druid and pagan weddings.
However, the dark side is strong with some Tories, who claim that such an amendment would ‘dilute’ the institution of marriage by allowing other ‘ridiculous’ sects to marry couples, reports the Daily Mail.
According to the 2011 Census, there are 175,000 Jedi Knights registered in Britain compared to around 40,000 followers of Humanism, which is based on ‘reason and humanity’ rather than space travel and blasters.
MPs are trying to amend the same sex marriage bill to allow humanist weddings to have legal force, but government sources told the paper there are fears it will be impossible to stop other sects going to court to claim the same power on the grounds of discrimination.
However, Andrew Copson of the British Humanist Association said: ‘The amendment will give legal recognition to humanist weddings, and it refers specifically to humanists, there is no way any other group will be able to carry out marriages as a result of it. It is uncontroversial and it is just scaremongering by the government to try and link it to Jedis.’