As if the invention of golf, whisky and capitalism weren’t enough, the Scots have found one more reason to prove to the world they are the most excellent people on the planet.
The Free Church of Scotland is pushing a bill that will allow people that have made the Star Wars movies their religion the power to perform marriage ceremonies, according to Yahoo! News.
The Marriage and Civil Partnership Bill would apply to both religious and nonreligious groups that include the Flat Earth Society and, yes, the Jedi Knights Society, aka the Temple of the Jedi Order.
While you may be thinking that such people don’t actually exist outside of events like ComicCon, in England, the Jedi religion is in fact the second-most popular “alternative religion, and boasts more than 175,000 self identified Jedi members, according to the 2012 census.
Those familiar with the Jedi culture may be a little confused right now, given that the Jedi in the movies are not allowed to marry, hence the whole secret marriage between Anakin Skywalker and Princess Amidala (resulting in the birth of two children who would go on to save the galaxy). But hey, the heart wants what the heart wants, right?
The force has gotten so powerful, it expands halfway around the world to the sunny San Francisco Bay area, where a group that call themselves “Golden Gate Knights” now teach a lightsaber choreography class.
The Scottish government will hold a public forum on the bill. Naturally, those with traditional religions are not amused.
“There are loads of people in a diverse society like this for whom belief can mean virtually anything—the Flat Earth Society and Jedi Knights Society—who knows?” the Rev. Iver Martin told the BBC.
“I am not saying that we don’t give place to that kind of personal belief, but when you start making allowances for marriages to be performed within those categories, then you are all over the place.”
If the movies are halfway true, watch out for future paternity scandals.