Landmark move towards same-sex marriage a step closer
- Published on Thursday, 15 March 2012 15:18
- Posted by Scott Buckler
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.