Sharia marriage should be recognised under British law, a review commissioned by Theresa May has concluded.
The landmark report by Professor Mona Siddiqui also called for Sharia councils to be regulated by the Government and warned that banning the religious bodies could force them "underground".
Announcing its findings today the report found that couples should be forced to register their Islamic marriage in a civil ceremony and fines should be imposed if they do not.
There is no current obligation to do so, meaning couples who want to divorce must do so in a Sharia court, where the marriage is recognised.
The Marriage Act would have to be changed in order to enforce the recommendation, which...
This proposal was apparently successfully rejected..
Humanists UK Director of Public Affairs and Policy Richy Thompson commented, ‘There is a need to ensure those using sharia courts for Muslim marriages or other services enjoy the same rights and protections as others, including guaranteeing the best protection for vulnerable partners. However, we should be very clear that UK law is supreme and that sharia courts have no legal standing. We will oppose any measure to cloudy or remove this distinction.’
These things tend to be like whack-a-mole. Defeated but always trying to re-emerge. One law for all is a vital principle for a secular society.