A church in Scotland is warning that a bill to make marriage laws more inclusive will allow Jedi Knights to officiate over wedding ceremonies.
Reverend Iver Martin recently told BBC that the Free Church of Scotland opposed Scotland’s Marriage and Civil Partnership Bill because it expands law to include non-religious groups.
“There are loads of people in a diverse society like this for whom belief can mean virtually anything – the Flat Earth Society and Jedi Knights Society — who knows?” Martin advised. “I am not saying that we don’t give place to that kind of personal belief, but when you start making allowances for marriages to be performed within those categories then you are all over the place.”
The Scottish government, which is now holding public consultation on the bill, said that it was designed to accommodate humanists, who now must be classified as religious in order to perform nuptials.
“Our current consultation covers not only the introduction of same sex marriage but also the detail of important protections in relation to religious bodies and celebrants, freedom of speech and education,” a government spokesperson told BBC. “At the moment, marriage ceremonies by bodies such as humanists have been classed as religious, even though the beliefs of such organisations are non-religious.”
“We are proposing the introduction of tests which a religious or belief body would have to meet before they could be authorised to solemnise marriage,” she explained.
The Jedi are a religious group from the Star Wars movies franchise. While there is no official Jedi Knights Society, the Temple of the Jedi Order does offer a guide for Jediism marriage rites.
According to the guide, the following might be heard at a Jedi wedding ceremony: “As Jedi, we understand how Love is central to our lives. This love is what allows us to serve others selflessly, and brings us closer to the Force. With these vows and this union you now choose to serve one another as well.”
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