Inspired by the Peter Tatchell video I posted yesterday, I FINALLY responded to the Home Office Equal Civil Marriage Consultation yesterday. It is very simple and straightforward to complete, it is mainly a series of questions where you have to choose from a range of options, and I would encourage everyone who has a view on this topic to respond to the consultation. You can only make your voice heard if you speak up! It should take about 15 to 20 minutes to respond to the consultation. You can respond to the consultation here:
The consultation runs until 14 June 2012. Make sure you have your say!
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 key proposals of the consultation are:
- 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)
- To make no changes to religious marriages. This will continue to only be legally possible between a man and a woman
- To retain civil partnerships for same-sex couples and allow couples already in a civil partnership to convert this into a marriage
- 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
The images I have used to illustrate this piece show clearly where I stand on this issue.
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