Government Announces Equal Marriage Plans

Publish Date: 11/12/2012

 

At 12.30 today MP Maria Miller made public the results from the Government consultation on same-sex civil marriage which ended in June. The consultation received one of the biggest responses to date with 228,000 responses.

The proposals will be brought forward next year and it has been made clear by the Government that those religious organisations who do not wish to take advantage of this historic opportunity will be not be forced to undertake same-sex marriages.

The proposals are designed to create watertight protections for religious organisations that do not want to conduct same-sex marriages, but will allow them to ‘opt in’ if they so chose.

The Lesbian & Gay Foundation have launched a campaign in response; ‘Love Equal Marriage’ to ensure this important issue receives the support it deserves.

Paul Martin, OBE, Chief Executive of The Lesbian & Gay Foundation comments “Whether you are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or straight, or if you plan to get married or not it’s incredibly important that you make your voice heard in support of this important issue.

“We urge those in support of same-sex marriage to contact their MP as there is still work to be done to rectify this inequality in the law. Everyone should have access to the institution of marriage. This is not about gay rights, it’s about equal rights. Take action now! Visit www.lgf.org.uk/equal

This historic move saw the Government announced today;

·         Equal marriage- Same sex couples will be able to marry in civil ceremonies. Religious organisations that wish to conduct marriage for same-sex couples will be able to do so, if they have ‘opted in’

·         Protection for religions- A series of protections will be built in to primary legislation for those religious organisations and ministers who do not wish to marry same-sex couples

·         Civil partnerships- will be retained for same-sex couples only. Couples who wish to convert their civil partnership to a marriage will be able to do so

·         Changing Gender– The law will be changed to allow individuals to change their legal gender without first having to end their marriage

Take action now! For more information visit www.lgf.org.uk/equal