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Key proposals for equal civil marriage consultation

The key proposals of the same-sex marriage consultation, released by the Home Office are:

  • To enable same-sex couples to have a civil marriage. Only civil ceremonies in a register office or approved premises will be deemed legal.
  • Civil partnership registrations on religious premises will continue as is currently possible on a voluntary basis for faith groups and with no religious content
  • 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.
  • Individuals will, for the first time, be able legally to change their gender without having to end their marriage.

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Home Secretary claims same-sex marriage will 'strengthen society'

Home Secretary supports same-sex marriage Credit: ITV News

Home Secretary Theresa May has written in The Times that government plans to legalise gay marriage will "strengthen society" and poses "no threat" to the Church. Ms May claimed that "marriage should be for everyone", regardless of sexual orientation.

The Home Secretary has rarely spoken out about her Anglican faith, however she said that her views has "nothing to do with telling the Church what to do" and that religious marriage would remain illegal.

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Home Office Minister says government will approve gay marriages

The Home Office Minister Lynne Featherstone has said that no amount of vocal opposition from Christians and other opponents will prevent the government legalising same-sex marriages, as she prepares to publish detailed plans. She told The Independent:

"There is no rolling back whatsoever. The essential question is not whether we are going to introduce same-sex civil marriage, but how".

– Lynne Featherstone, Home Office Minister