Cut and pasted from the Home Office Website:
Landmark move towards same-sex marriage a step closer
Same-sex couples have moved a step closer to the right to marry in a civil ceremony. The Home Office has launched a consultation on how to allow everyone to have a civil marriage.
Under current law same-sex couples can have a civil partnership but not a civil marriage. The consultation sets out the government's proposals to enable same-sex couples to have 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 consultation runs until 14 June 2012. Make sure you have your say!
The key proposals of the consultation are (my comments are in bold and italics):
- To enable same-sex couples to have a civil marriage i.e. only civil ceremonies in a register office or approved premises (like a hotel) Good
- To make no changes to religious marriages. This will continue to only be legally possible between a man and a woman Biggest cop-out ever - Raks not a happy bunny!
- To retain civil partnerships for same-sex couples and allow couples already in a civil partnership to convert this into a marriage Good but civil partnerships should be extended to opposite-sex couples too
- 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 Cop-out - why shouldn't there be religious content?
- Individuals will, for the first time, be able legally to change their gender without having to end their marriage Good
The images I have used to illustrate this piece show clearly where I stand on this issue.
My overall comment on what is proposed in the consultation document is this:
"ALL ANIMALS ARE EQUAL, BUT SOME ARE MORE EQUAL THAN OTHERS"
- George Orwell, Animal Farm, Ch. 10
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