Religion and Marriage Law: The Need for Reform

Published by Bristol University Press in 2021, Religion and Marriage Law: The Need for Reform provides the first accessible guide to how contemporary marriage law interacts with religion, identifying pressure points and setting out proposals for reform.

Cover of Religion and Marriage Law

Table of Contents

1. Introduction: Marital Problems

Part 1 ~ The Legal Framework

2. Religion and Opposite Sex Marriage

3. Religion and Same Sex Marriage

Part 2 ~ The Road to Reform

4. Unregistered Religious Marriages

5. Non-Religious Marriages

6. The Law Commission’s Proposals

Part 3 ~ Reform Proposals

7. Reforming Weddings Law

8. Reforming Validity and Criminal Offences

9. Reforming Cohabitation Rights

10. Conclusions: Relationship Solutions


“Russell Sandberg’s work in drawing together the law relating to marriage and setting it in a religious context is important, welcome and most timely.”

The Rt Hon Sir Andrew McFarlane, President of the Family Division.

‘A judicious, but also radical look at British marriage law which has struggled to keep up with increasing social and religious diversity. Handled with exemplary scholarly intelligence, this book suggests where more clarity and equity might be implemented.’

Rowan Williams, former Archbishop of Canterbury