The Marriage and Civil Partnership (Scotland) Bill is still in the consultation stage and is meant primarily to legalize same-sex marriage, but the bill would also allow groups which do not believe in a deity but “promote philosophical or humanitarian beliefs” to perform their own weddings. The Presbyterian Free Church of Scotland has warned that the wording is too vague, and they appear to be correct.
The Rev. Iver Martin, a Church spokesman, told the BBC: “There are loads of people in a diverse society like this for whom belief can mean virtually anything — the Flat Earth Society and Jedi Knight Society — who knows?”
The good reverend has some basis for his objection. In the 2011 Census, more than 175,000 people in England and Wales listed “Jedi” as their religion; it was the most popular alternative faith in the form’s “other religion” category. In Scotland, around 14,000 people gave their religion as “Jedi” in the 2011 Census, and in addition to the Jedi Knight Society, there are several other global Jedi groups in existence, including the Temple of the Jedi Order and the Church of Jediism.
Patrick Day-Childs, a spokesman for the Church of Jediism, who also goes by Master Chi-Pa Amshe, told the BBC there was demand for Jedi to bless marriages. “We’re open to all forms of marriage and the joining of two people who love each other in any way, shape or form,” he said.
To each his own I suppose, but as much as I love science fiction and Star Wars, I think a Death Star wedding cake doesn’t bode well for the future of the marriage, and I would not feel truly married if the ceremony was performed by Yoda or the Emperor.
I was amazed when I researched this on the internet. Boba Fett was marrying Princess Leia, replete in her metal bikini from Jabba’s lair. Another wedding cake was made in the image of Jabba the Hutt. It looked like a pile of – well, something I certainly wouldn’t want to eat. Storm troopers are groomsmen, and the aliens from the bar scene in the original Star Wars movie abound. There are Sand People everywhere, and grooms usually look like Darth Vader, though one was Chewbacca. One bride was dressed as Darth Maul.
Young padawan, if you are not savvy enough to avoid making your groom an evil genius or a Wookie, perhaps a civil ceremony is a better option. After all, good and handsome men abounded in the series. I would much rather marry Han Solo or Luke Skywalker than Count Dooku.
The question is, will they live long and proper? Whoops! Wrong show.