The government has today launched it’s consultation to enable same sex couples to have a civil marriage.
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.
These changes could have a tremendous positive effect on so many people. Please read the full proposal and respond on the Home Office website. The consultation closes on June 14th 2012.
This consultation is a major step in the process of allowing gay marriage and we must use this opportunity to voice our opinions. If we use our voice correctly, gay marriage in England and Wales could be reality in just a couple of years.