The green light for all couples to marry

Dec 10, 2014 by

By Nicky Morgan & Nick Boles, Pink News: For many, there is nothing particularly momentous about today. It is Wednesday. There are 15 days left until Christmas. It is also the 146th anniversary of the traffic light. However, today is an important day in our country’s proud history of supporting equality before the law. Spring of this year saw a seminal moment when the first marriages of same sex couples took place; today we complete another piece of the jigsaw by allowing same-sex couples...

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Heterosexual couple start legal bid for civil partnership

Dec 5, 2014 by

From The Christian Institute: A heterosexual couple have started legal proceedings in a bid to force the Government to introduce civil partnerships for opposite-sex couples. In June this year the Government rejected the idea, following overwhelming public opposition. However, Charles Keidan and Rebecca Steinfeld claim that marriage has “sexist trappings” and want to formalise their relationship with a civil partnership. Lifelong The Coalition for Marriage has opposed heterosexual civil...

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Religious venues to be used for converting Civil Partnerships to gay marriages

Oct 17, 2014 by

by Donna Rachel Edmunds, Breitbart: The government has altered plans to allow gay couples to convert their civil partnerships to marriages, by allowing the conversion ceremony to take place at a range of venues including churches, synagogues, meeting houses, hotels and other registered venues. Previously, the plans only included provision to convert the status of the partnership at a registry office. In order to avoid the “quadruple lock” put in place to appease religious opponents of gay...

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Religious venues to be allowed for civil partnership conversions

Oct 15, 2014 by

By Joseph Patrick McCormick, Pink News: The government will soon announce plans for civil partnership conversion in England and Wales, which will still take place later this year, and now include the provision to allow a conversion ceremony to take place with a registrar at venues other than register offices including churches, synagogues, meeting houses and other registered venues. Some couples already in civil partnerships were upset earlier this year as the original announcement by then...

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Gay rector faces backlash in pews over ‘wedding’ plans

Sep 16, 2014 by

By John Bingham, Telegraph: An Anglican clergyman is facing opposition from parishioners over a service in his local church to bless his same-sex civil partnership. The Rev Dominic McClean, the Rector of 13 parishes around the village of Market Bosworth in Leicestershire, invited parishioners to the special service this weekend to mark his civil union with his partner, Tony Hodges. The service, taking place in the 14th Century St Peter’s Church in Market Bosworth on Saturday next week was...

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‘No hidden agenda’ behind sexuality conversations

Sep 16, 2014 by

By Madeleine Davies, Church Times: THERE is no “hidden agenda” behind the shared conversations on sexuality that begin this week, the Church of England’s Director of Mission and Public Affairs said on Monday. In a recording published on the Church of England website, Dr Malcolm Brown spoke of a desire to ensure that “some of the fears that are not certainly intended to be substantiated are dispelled. There’s a lot of anxiety around about what may lie behind these...

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