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The humanist touch: why weddings are on increase

Humanist weddings will become second only to civil marriages in popularity within five years of being made legal, the Humanist Society of Scotland claimed yesterday.

Licensed celebrants performed 675 humanist marriages in 2007, an increase of 59% over the previous year.

First sanctioned by the Registrar General in June 2005, the numbers had risen to 425 in 2006. The society now claims fifth ranking in the types of weddings registered in Scotland.

Last year, civil marriages accounted about 15,000 of the 30,000 total, followed by Church of Scotland (8000), Roman Catholic (more than 2000) and other religions (collectively around 5000).

Full story at The Herald.

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