Scien­tol­o­gists mark first wed­ding

The Church of England - - NEWS -

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.”

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