Category: Civil Partnerships

WALES/ENGLAND – Equal marriage bill passes Third Reading in House of Lords

The equal marriage bill passed its Third Reading in the House of Lords The equal marriage bill for England and Wales has passed its Third Reading in the House of Lords, following a brief and impassioned final debate. The Lords resumed at 3pm, and the debate was brief. Amendments were added to hold a review for …

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WALES/ENGLAND – Parliamentary Committee welcomes Government review of extension of civil partnerships to opposite sex couples

Joint Committee on Human Rights publishes report scrutinising Same Sex Marriage Bill   The Joint Committee on Human Rights has published its report scrutinising the provisions of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill. The Committee has welcomed the Government’s announcement that it will review the extension of civil partnerships to opposite sex couples. The Committee …

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UK – Too much time spent on gay marriage, says Hammond

A Conservative cabinet minister has criticised the government time spent debating same-sex marriage. Defence Secretary Philip Hammond said that the policy had angered many adding: “I have just never felt that this is what we should be focusing on.” But Tory MP Nick Herbert said polls suggested most people favoured reform and losing touch with …

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UK – Civil partnerships for heterosexual couples a bad idea, says Maria Miller

Equalities minister tells parliamentary committee such a move should not be included in same sex marriage legislation Maria Miller said extending civil partnerships to heterosexual couples is neither a necessity or requirement. Photograph: Richard Sellers/Sportsphoto/AllstarExtending civil partnerships to heterosexual couples is neither a “necessity or a requirement” and should not be included in legislation over …

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WALES/ENGLAND – Proposed amendments to same-sex legislation would separate state and religious marriage

Proposals would involve repeal of Marriage Act 1949 Greg Mulholland MP has tabled amendments to the Marriage (Same-sex Couples) Bill which would effect a separation of state and religious marriages. The Evening Standard notes that the proposals would involve the repeal of the Marriage Act 1949 and of the Civil Partnership Act 2004, removing clauses in the …

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WALES/ENGLAND – Coalition ‘faffing around with gay marriage’

The Government is “faffing around with gay marriage” instead of addressing major injustices in marital law, one of Britain’s leading lawyers has said. Baroness Butler-Sloss acknowledged that her reservations were partly religious but went beyond the bounds of Christianity     Photo: PA Baroness Butler-Sloss, Britain’s most eminent authority on family law, who retired as president of …

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