Church of England bids to put mothers’ names on marriage certificates

Oct 22, 2017 by

by Edward Malnick, Telegraph:

Mothers’ names could finally be included on marriage certificates after ministers said that legislation put forward by the Church of England “provides a solution to this problem”, the Telegraph can disclose.

A draft bill tabled by a senior bishop has been welcomed by the Home Office, following an impasse over plans to update the documents, which currently only include the names of couples’ fathers.

The development comes three years after David Cameron pledged to make the change, saying that the existing system, which dates back to the reign of Queen Victoria, “does not reflect modern Britain”.

Previous proposals had been dismissed on the basis they have included the costly replacement of tens of thousands of register books across the country, or that they failed to allow for same-sex marriages.

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