JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Re: synagogue marriages in England #general

Nick Landau <nick@...>

Subject: Re: synagogue marriages in England
From: michael slifkin <slifkin@...>
Date: Thu, 12 Nov 1998 10:40:36 +0200
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According to UK law any ceremony purporting to be a wedding must be
registered with the authorities. The Rabbi who married a couple after a
civil wedding was committing a technical offense as clearly the wedding
could not be registered for a second time and the law doesn't allow for
such weddings.

In a message dated 98-11-11 07:05:41 EST, nick@...
I have experienced the reverse case where a couple were married in a
registry office and then subsequently they were given a quiet religious
service. They might not have been at all religious at the time or one
partner might have been converted.
I am sure that you are wrong. A Christian friend of mine was marrying a
divorcee. They were first married in a registry office and then the
marriage was blessed in Church. I know that is not quite the same thing but
it is similar.

There are legal reasons why it might be prudent to be made husband and wife
and to travel as so although the couple might wish to travel to another
country, to celebrate with family etc, to have the religious service.

I believe it is not uncommon for Muslims to be married in a civil service
in the UK and to have a religious service in the Indian sub-continent.

Likewise I would have thought that denominations that are not registered
for marriage would use the civil facilities and then carry out their own
marriage service.

If the rabbi had been carrying out something illegal I think that he had
chosen the wrong boys to make up the minyan because I don't think our
parents woudl have condoned something that was not above board.

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