Scientology wedding to go ahead

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Following a battle at the Supreme Court, a couple has been granted their wish to have their wedding  in a Scientology church.

Louisa Hodkin, the bride-to-be, took legal action after she was refused to register a Church of Scientology chapel as a place of marriage.

The reason for the refusal was due to a 1970 High Court ruling which claims Scientology services were not “acts of worship”.

At the Supreme Court, a unanimous decision was made that the 1970 ruling was out of date.

Giving the judgement, Lord Toulson said: “Religion should not be confined to religions which recognise supreme deity.

“To do so would be a form of religious discrimination unacceptable in today’s society.”

The court also said that it was not the job of the Registrar General of Births, Marriages and Deaths to venture into “fine theological or liturgical niceties”, declaring that the Scientology chapel should be recorded as a place for marriages.

Louisa Hodkin and her fiancé, Alessandro Calcioli, are expecting to marry in the next few months, in a Scientology chapel in Central London.

She told BBC News: “It’s been a long and demanding journey, but the Supreme Court’s decision has made it all worthwhile. We are really excited that we can now get married, and thank our family and friends for all of their patience and support.”


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