Scientologists mark first wedding
THE FIRST Scientologist wedding has taken place in Britain, jumping another hurdle for mainstream acceptance of the controversial religion.
The couple, Louisa Hodkin and Alessandro Calcioli, won a five-year legal battle to marry in a Scientologist chapel in London.
The Supreme Court ruled they were to be allowed to marry according to the rites and customs of the religion’s founder, science fiction author L Ron Hubbard.
The Church of Sci- entology was not classed as a place of religious worship until this latest ruling.
The new Mr and Mrs Calcioli are ‘pleased and proud’ to have won their fight to wed in their chosen church.
“Our victory brings to an end inequality and unfairness, not just for Scientologists, but for people of all faiths,” a statement read.
“The Supreme Court has now provided a definite description of what a religion is, which has not existed before in English law.”