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The TUC has today (Tuesday) welcomed the government's consultation on giving lesbian and gay partners the same right to civil marriage as heterosexual couples

Currently the law only allows civil partnerships for same sex couples while marriage is reserved for heterosexual partners, so the TUC supports the government's decision to review this and has published a new briefing to coincide with the consultation.

The report sets out what is in the consultation, the public and media reaction to the debate so far, the government's possible motivation in changing the law, and how trade unions and lesbian, gay, bi and transgender (LGBT) organisations may wish to respond to the questions within the consultation.

TUC General Secretary Brendan Barber said: 'Opening up civil marriage to same sex couples would be a welcome step forward on the long journey towards achieving equality for LGBT people.

'However, not including religious ceremonies for same sex couples or civil partnerships to heterosexuals who might want this option in the consultation is very short-sighted - and shows we still have a very long way to go before we can talk about real equality and inclusion.'

Written by Scott Buckler
Tuesday, 20 March 2012 10:10

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