What precisely is a religion, and does it have to involve worshipping a God? Strange as it may seem, Britain's highest court has been considering that question. A member of the Church of Scientology, Louisa Hodkin wants to marry in that organisation's premises in London's financial district. But the registrar-general of births, deaths and marriages has refused to recognise the building as a "place of worship" under the terms of an 1855 law which provides the basis for religious nuptials. Ms Hodkin's attempts to overturn that decision were rebuffed by a court of appeal, so the case is now being considered by the Supreme Court, with some of Britain's top legal brains weighing in on each side.
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