Scientology Marriage To Go Ahead
Church of Scientology of Los Angeles building (Reuters) Reuters

A woman who wants to marry her partner in a Church of Scientology chapel has won a legal challenge at the Supreme Court in Britain.

Louisa Hodkin challenged the High Court's decision that Scientology services were not "acts of worship".

Five Supreme Court judges reversed the decision on appeal, ruling that the church was a "place of meeting for religious worship".

Hodkin wanted to marry fiancé Alessandro Calcioli in the Central London Church of Scientology.

The Supreme Court justices declared that religion should not be confined to faiths that have a "supreme deity". They added that the church in question held religious services and therefore was a "place of meeting for religious worship".

Hodkin lost her 2012 High Court case when the judge declared that he was bound by a 1970 court decision that ruled that Scientology did not involve religious worship because there was no "veneration of God or of a Supreme Being".

Hodkin contested that the ruling should not be binding because Scientology had evolved during the past four decades and compared it to Buddhism and Jainism.

Eric Pickles, the communities secretary, welcomed the 2012 ruling against Hodkin and said taxpayers did not want "such a controversial organisation" to receive "special" treatment.