Equal civil marriage: a consultation

Document type
Discussion paper
Corporate author(s)
Great Britain. Government Equalities Office
Government Equalities Office
Date of publication
15 March 2012
Families, Minority Groups
Social welfare
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This consultation is about how the ban can be lifted on same sex couples having a marriage through a civil ceremony. Whilst many of the issues and questions outlined in this document relate to those individuals and organisations that will be directly affected by this, the government recognises that this is of wider interest to everyone. It is therefore seeking a wide range of views in response to this consultation on how best this ban can be lifted. The Government intends to:1) enable same-sex couples to get married through civil ceremonies; 2) retain civil partnerships for same-sex couples, including the ability to have a civil partnership registration on religious premises (on a voluntary basis and retaining the ban on any religious elements forming part of the registration); 3) allow transsexual people to change their legal gender without having to legally end their existing marriage or civil partnership; and 4) make no changes to how religious marriages are solemnized.

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