Scotland May Allow Jedi Weddings
If you go to Scotland to get married, you might be able to get Yoda to do the job for you:
The Force is strong with the Jedi in Scotland. The Free Church of Scotland is pushing a bill that wouldgrant those who have literally made “Star Wars” a religion the power to perform marriage ceremonies.
The BBC reports that the Marriage and Civil Partnership Bill would apply to other nonreligious groups such as the Flat Earth Society and the Jedi Knights Society, aka Temple of the Jedi Order.
And while it may sound like a joke to most, the Jedi religion is quite popular in some parts of Europe. In England, it is the second-most popular “alternative religion,” with more than 175,000 people listing themselves as Jedi in the 2012 nationwide census.
“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 Scottish government spokeswoman said.
“At the moment, marriage ceremonies by bodies such as humanists have been classed as religious, even though the beliefs of such organizations are nonreligious.”
The move might be seen as a tad ironic, even among “Star Wars” enthusiasts, seeing as the actual Jedi in the “Star Wars” saga are typically not allowed to marry.
The Jedi religion has spread beyond the boundaries of Europe. Recently, a group calling itself theGolden Gate Knights began teaching a light saber choreography class in the San Francisco Bay Area.
For their part, the Jedi say the very nature of their beliefs would prevent them from tarnishing any other religious institutions.
“We believe in Peace, Justice, Love, Learning and using our abilities for Good so it’s unlikely that our way conflicts with your beliefs and traditions,” reads a statement on the group’s website.
May the force be with them.
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