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Call to put mothers' names on marriage certificates

MPs have called on Home Secretary Theresa May to introduce laws to include the names of newlyweds' mothers on marriage certificates.

The move would end the "offensive and outdated message" that marriage is a "business transaction between fathers," said ministers the motion tabled in Parliament.

A campaign to include mother's names on marriage certificates has attracted more than 37,500 signatures. Credit: PA

While marriage certificates in England and Wales currently have space for the details of the fathers of bride and grooms, their mothers' names are not specifically recorded.

The motion, which has so far been backed by 26 MPs from across the political spectrum, calls on May to act "without delay", stating: "Change is needed so that mothers are no longer erased from these important historical records."

A petition on the website calling for the names of mothers to be included alongside those of fathers has attracted more than 37,500 signatures.

Charity offers marriage guidance as wedding gifts

A relationship counselling charity has offered vouchers for marriage guidance as wedding gifts. The charity Relate Cambridge says its gift vouchers would be a good way to "nurture a relationship".

The idea is for marriage guidance as wedding gifts. Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Elaine Taylor, a relationship counsellor from the charity, said: "It's a very much more proactive approach. It's a way of anticipating challenges head on. It's preventative. It's more a way of life than a problem. And it's just a different kind of gift."

The idea was sparked when a couple who married last year put counselling sessions with Relate on their wedding gift list.

Vicar leads flashmob at wedding

A bride and groom have surprised their wedding guests by launching into a dance routine with their vicar after they were declared husband and wife.

The groom Gary Richardson said that the couple wanted to do "something a bit different" to celebrate their wedding, and that their Vicar, the Reverend Kate Bottley of St Mary and St Martin's Church, Blyth had suggested a 'flash mob'.

28 of their friends agreed to join in with the performance on the 15th June, which was choreographed by friends from Bluebell Wood Children's Hospice.

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