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Equal marriages consultation

A major Government consultation on equal marriages will begin today. It will look at how same-sex civil partnerships could work.

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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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