Landmark move towards same-sex marriage a step closer
Helen G // 15 March 2012
Via the Home Office website:
Same-sex couples have moved a step closer to the right to marry in a civil ceremony.
The Home Office today launched a consultation on how to allow everyone to have a civil marriage.
People will be able to have their say on the proposed changes by completing the online survey.
Under current law same-sex couples can have a civil partnership but not a civil marriage. The government wants to make the right to marry in civil premises, like a register office or hotel, available to everyone.
- The proposal is to remove the ban on same-sex couples having a civil marriage
- The consultation will look at civil marriage only i.e. only civil marriage ceremonies in a register office or other approved premises (like a hotel)
- No changes are proposed to religious marriages. This will continue to only be legally possible between a man and a woman
- Not looking at civil partnerships for opposite-sex couples
- The consultation will propose that civil partnerships are retained as an option for same-sex couples, once civil marriage is opened up
- Civil partnership registrations on religious premises will continue as is currently possible i.e. on a voluntary basis for faith groups and with no religious content
- Individuals will, for the first time, be able legally to change their gender without having to end their marriage.
For anyone interested in completing the survey, here’s the link