Government commitment to open up marriage to same-sex couples makes important progress.
A Government commitment to open up marriage to same-sex couples took an important step forward today with the publication of the Marriage (Same-Sex Couples) Bill.
The Bill will:
- enable same-sex couples to marry in civil ceremonies
- ensure those religious organisations that wish to do so can opt in to conduct marriage ceremonies for same-sex couples
- protect those religious organisations that do not wish to marry same-sex couples from successful legal challenge