Jewish Consent to perform marriages of same sex couples

Bill: 
Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill 2013
Stage: 
LordsC
Proposer: 
Baroness Stowell of Beeston
Verdict: 
Meh
Synopsis: 

This tries to clarify exactly who is required to give consent for synagogues to perform marriages for same sex couples.

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Commentary: 

I don't know enough about Jewish systems to know whether this is appropriate or not?

Amendment: 

Page 6, line 18, leave out from “purpose” to end of line 25 and insert “the meaning
of “relevant governing authority” is to be determined in accordance with this
table—

The “relevant governing authority” is...
...if the marriage falls to be registered by...

the Chief Rabbi of the United Hebrew
Congregations of the Commonwealth
the secretary of a synagogue certified
under paragraph (a) of the relevant
definition (certification by the
President of the Board of Deputies)

the person or persons duly recognised
by the members of—
(i) the West London Synagogue of
British Jews (“the West London
Synagogue”), and
(ii) the other synagogues that are
constituents of or affiliated to the
Movement for Reform Judaism
—either the secretary of the West
London Synagogue, as certified under
paragraph (b) of the relevant
definition
—or the secretary of another
synagogue in a case where:
(i) the secretary is certified under
paragraph (d) of the relevant
definition by the secretary of the West
London Synagogue, and
(ii) the synagogue is one of those
which are constituents of or affiliated
to the Movement for Reform Judaism

the person or persons duly recognised
by the members of—
(i) the Liberal Jewish Synagogue, St.
John’s Wood (“the St. John’s Wood
Synagogue”), and
(ii) the other synagogues that are
constituents of or affiliated to Liberal
Judaism
—either the secretary of the St. John’s
Wood Synagogue, as certified under
paragraph (c) of the relevant definition
—or the secretary of another
synagogue in a case where:
(i) the secretary is certified under
paragraph (d) of the relevant
definition by the secretary of the St.
John’s Wood Synagogue, and
(ii) the synagogue is one of those
which are constituents of or affiliated
to Liberal Judaism

the person or persons duly recognised
by the members of the synagogue by
whose secretary the marriage falls to
be registered
the secretary of a synagogue certified
under paragraph (d) of the relevant
definition (certification by the
secretary of the West London
Synagogue or the secretary of the St.
John’s Wood Synagogue) in a case
where the synagogue is not one of
those which are constituents of or
affiliated to:
(i) the Movement for Reform Judaism,
or
(ii) Liberal Judaism
In that table—
(a) “relevant definition” means the definition of “secretary of a
synagogue” in section 67;

(b) a reference to a person or persons being duly recognised is a
reference to the person or persons being recognised for the purpose
of giving consent for the purposes of this section.”

Bill Text: 

5 Opt-in: other religious ceremonies

After section 26A of the Marriage Act 1949 insert—

26B Opt-in to marriage of same sex couples: other religious ceremonies
(1) A marriage may, in any of the following cases, be solemnized on the authority of two certificates of a superintendent registrar.

...

(4) Case B is where—
(a) the marriage is of a same sex couple professing the Jewish religion according to the usages of the Jews, and
(b) the relevant governing authority has given written consent to such marriages of same sex couples.

(5) For that purpose
“relevant governing authority” means the person or persons designated by the relevant secretary of a synagogue as competent for the purpose of giving consent for the purpose of this section;
“relevant secretary of a synagogue” means the secretary of a synagogue by whom the marriage would be registered in accordance with section 53(c) if it were to take place.
the meaning
of “relevant governing authority” is to be determined in accordance with this
table—

The “relevant governing authority” is... ...if the marriage falls to be registered by...
the Chief Rabbi of the United Hebrew
Congregations of the Commonwealth
the secretary of a synagogue certified under paragraph (a) of the relevant definition (certification by the President of the Board of Deputies)
the person or persons duly recognised
by the members of—
(i) the West London Synagogue of British Jews (“the West London Synagogue”), and
(ii) the other synagogues that are constituents of or affiliated to the Movement for Reform Judaism
—either the secretary of the West London Synagogue, as certified under paragraph (b) of the relevant definition
—or the secretary of another
synagogue in a case where:
(i) the secretary is certified under paragraph (d) of the relevant definition by the secretary of the West London Synagogue, and
(ii) the synagogue is one of those which are constituents of or affiliated to the Movement for Reform Judaism
the person or persons duly recognised by the members of—
(i) the Liberal Jewish Synagogue, St. John’s Wood (“the St. John’s Wood Synagogue”), and
(ii) the other synagogues that are constituents of or affiliated to Liberal Judaism
—either the secretary of the St. John’s Wood Synagogue, as certified under paragraph (c) of the relevant definition
—or the secretary of another synagogue in a case where:
(i) the secretary is certified under paragraph (d) of the relevant definition by the secretary of the St. John’s Wood Synagogue, and
(ii) the synagogue is one of those which are constituents of or affiliated to Liberal Judaism
the person or persons duly recognised by the members of the synagogue by whose secretary the marriage falls to be registered the secretary of a synagogue certified under paragraph (d) of the relevant definition (certification by the secretary of the West London Synagogue or the secretary of the St. John’s Wood Synagogue) in a case where the synagogue is not one of those which are constituents of or affiliated to:
(i) the Movement for Reform Judaism,
or
(ii) Liberal Judaism

In that table—
(a) “relevant definition” means the definition of “secretary of a synagogue” in section 67;

(b) a reference to a person or persons being duly recognised is a reference to the person or persons being recognised for the purpose of giving consent for the purposes of this section.