Kirk votes to permit ministers to enter civil partnerships

May 17, 2015 by

 Frank Cranmer , Law and Religion UK. The BBC reported, and the Kirk subsequently confirmed, that the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland has voted to allow congregations to ordain or induct ministers who are in same-sex civil partnerships: commissioners voted 309 in favour and 183 against. The issue has been the subject of several debates, both within the General Assembly and in the wider Church; and at the Assembly in 2014 the issue was sent down to the 45 presbyteries under the terms...

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Judge gives go-ahead for ‘marriage-lite’ legal case

Feb 27, 2015 by

From The Christian Institute: A heterosexual couple who want a civil partnership have been given a green light to legally challenge the Government. Charles Keidan and Rebecca Steinfeld do not want to get married and are calling for civil partnerships – which currently are for homosexual couples only – to be extended. Pro-marriage group Coalition for Marriage has warned that heterosexual civil partnerships are “marriage-lite” because they involve no lifelong commitment. Permission granted The...

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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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