A woman who wants to get married in a chapel of the Church of Scientology in London won her case on Wednesday at Britain’s Supreme Court, which ruled that Scientology was a religion and the chapel was a place where marriages could be solemnized.
Louisa Hodkin, 25, had launched legal action after officials refused to record the chapel as a place that could be used to celebrate marriages, citing a court ruling from 1970 that said Scientology did not involve religious worship.
“My fiance and I have always believed in the fairness of the British legal process. It’s been a long and demanding journey, but the Supreme Court’s decision today has made it all worthwhile,” Hodkin said in a statement.
“We are really excited that we can now get married.”
The Church of Scientology itself was not a party to the legal action, but the Supreme Court’s ruling is a notable victory for an organization that has struggled to gain recognition as a genuine religion in many countries.