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Same-sex couples have moved a step closer to the right to marry in a civil ceremony

The Home Office today launched a consultation on how to allow everyone to have a civil marriage.

People will be able to have their say on the proposed changes by completing the online survey.

Equalities Minister Lynne Featherstone said: 'I believe that if a couple love each other and want to commit to a life together, they should have the option of a civil marriage, whatever their gender.

'Today is a hugely important step as we consider how to lift the ban on civil marriage for same-sex couples.This is about the underlying principles of family, society, and personal freedoms.

'Marriage is a celebration of love and should be open to everyone.'

Under current law same-sex couples can have a civil partnership but not a civil marriage. The government wants to make the right to marry in civil premises, like a register office or hotel, available to everyone.

Written by Scott Buckler
Thursday, 15 March 2012 15:03

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