Jedi Reverends Might Be Marrying People In Scotland Soon
Luke, I am your father….that’s why I’m marrying your mother and this here Jedi is marrying me. Want to have your hypothetical Star Wars marriage be a thing of sweet, nerdy reality?
Maybe. Scotland’s Marriage and Civil Partnership Bill will allow a third category of civil partnerships to be allowed in Scotland.
Reverend Iver Martin, a Free Church of Scotland spokesman, told the BBC that the “third category is quite astonishing because it is the so-called belief category without really defining what belief means. 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?
“I am not saying that we don’t give place to that kind of personal belief,” he continued. “But when you start making allowances for marriages to be performed within those categories then you are all over the place.”
A spokeswoman from the Scottish government said that was cool with them: “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.
Of course, said Jedi would have to pass a test so they can officiate a marriage.
“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,” continued the Spokeswoman.
Or they could play a Jedi mind trick on you so they don’t have to go through the trouble. Either way, it might be lovely to be married under the romantic glow of a light saber.
–Nadia Noir, CBS Radio Los Angeles