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Is there any reason why imams can't be authorised as deputy registrars and mosques licensed for weddings in the same way as non-CofE clergy and chapels? The one road the law must not go down is to allow Muslims or other religious or social groups to contract marriages that are governed by a different marriage law from that binding on everyone else.

If people are married according to the law, then is there any reason why sharia arrangements can't be treated in the same way as any other ante-nuptial contract and enforceable, unenforceable or revisable by the courts in the same way?

And if people get 'married' under a contract that doesn't include a normal legal marriage, isn't that a contract for immoral purposes. Doesn't that make it unenforceable. If so, isn't it right that it should be?

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