The Supreme Court of the United Kingdom has ruled that Scientology is a religion. The Supreme Court was considering a case brought by Louisa Hodkin, whose request to get married at the Church of Scientology in London had been denied by the Registrar General of Births, Deaths, and Marriages, the government agency that register marriages. In its ruling, the Supreme Court effectively redefined the legal definition of “religion” in the UK.
“In their unanimous decision, the Supreme Court justices said that the 1970 ruling’s definition of religious worship as involving ‘reverence or veneration of God or of a supreme being’ was out of date,” according to the BBC.
Lord Toulson, one of the Supreme Court judges, stated that “Religion should not be confined to religions which recognise a supreme deity.” He argued that “to do so would be a form of religious discrimination unacceptable in today’s society.”