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UK govt makes it official: Full Gay Marriage to be legal

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The UK’s odd-couple coalition government of Liberal Democrats and Conservatives is pushing ahead with plans to allow gay couples to marry. As a first step civil partnerships will now be able to take place in religious buildings

In a statement released on Thursday, the Home Office confirmed it was seeking to change the law so that places of worship in England and Wales could host civil partnerships for same-sex couples.

The new law would be voluntary and no religious organisation would be forced to accommodate same-sex couples if it goes against their spiritual beliefs.

The Church of England along with British Muslim groups are deeply opposed to the idea, but the Quakers released a statement saying they were “heartened” by calls for “full equality of civil marriages and civil partnerships” – support is also expected from Unitarians and Liberal Jews.

Gay rights campaigners have welcomed the announcement but some are disappointed that a timetable for gay marriage was not revealed.

However the Equalities Minister Lynn Featherstone, a Liberal Democrat, indicated that it was a long-term goal.

Featherstone: “It is the first steps towards equal civil marriage and equal civil partnerships, and that’s long been called by many in the homosexual and heterosexual community. I think the answer is, that it will take as long as it takes, but I’m hoping (laughs) it won’t take too long”.

In light of recent tensions within the coalition government, Featherstone was keen to point out the Conservative Party members of the cabinet were “one hundred percent” behind the plans for marriage reform.

–Scott Roberts in London

Written by OutQ News staff

February 17, 2011 at 5:00 PM

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  2. Cool. It’s time. It’s the 21st century, and the time for the marriage police to retire.

    Onward, Joe Mustich, CT Justice of the Peace,
    Red Studio Farm, Washington Green, CT USA

    And kudos for Connecticut for supporting SSM since 2008.

    Joe Mustich

    February 17, 2011 at 8:39 PM

  3. this is true madness Marriage is one of the seven sacraments set by Christ which will not and can not be changed real marriage is man woman + woman/man its really silly and outrageous!

    jamie whitney

    February 18, 2011 at 3:44 PM

    • Marriage is also a civil ceremony that involves the legal bonding of a couple. If you read the article, no churches will be forced to allow gay marriage, so no one can say they’re offended by it without being a total discriminative douchebag. If you don’t want it to affect you then it doesn’t. How can you say that’s silly and outrageous? Stop forcing your religion on other people. Just because you think it’s right doesn’t mean everyone else should abide by it’s rules. That’s just stupid.

      CookieFritz

      April 25, 2011 at 8:03 PM

    • What does the Christ the rabbi have to do with marriage in America?

      Stop forcing your religion and gods on a civil and contractual matter.

      Cheers, Joe Mustich, CT Justice of the Peace, USA

      I’m also a member of the FCC, First Congregational Church of Washington Green, CT, founded by Puritans, but we grew up…

      Joseph A. Mustich

      April 26, 2011 at 5:34 AM

  4. im not gay but i definetely think tht this is a good thing its about time the giovernment did something

    david

    February 18, 2011 at 5:00 PM

  5. Really good news. Let’s hope it won’t be too long before I can be bridesmaid at my friends’ wedding!
    How long does this whole process (from consultation, etc all the way through) typically take anyway? I wish they’d get a move on!

    Giselle

    February 19, 2011 at 9:19 AM

  6. Remember, gay people, who think they are Christians, you are committing to living in a state that true Christians consider to be sin. You are breaking down the first boundary in Christian society, it will be a downward spiral from now on, surrogate mothers and sperm banks etc. will become the norm. God help you.

    Louise

    February 22, 2011 at 2:51 PM

    • If being gay is such a sin why is it so vaguely and rarely mentioned in the Bible and NEVER mentioned by Jesus? This is a 2000 year old book translated from a sanscrit-based language. If something is so rarely mentioned and briefly touched upon it’s more likely to be a translation error or a biased scriptor. There is no doubt that the Bible will have been changed over the 2000 years since Jesus’ time. How about you focus on the main issue put forward in the Bible? Of equality, love and forgiveness?

      CookieFritz

      April 25, 2011 at 8:05 PM

    • We live in America, where marriage is firstly a civil and contractual matter. Period.

      Marriage licenses are issued by and recorded in town halls not church halls or mosques or temples…

      Cheers, Joe Mustich, CT Justice of the Peace, USA.

      The marriage cops need to keep their religions and gods away from the rest of us….

      Joseph A. Mustich

      April 26, 2011 at 5:37 AM

  7. The marriage police need to find another issue to focus on like jobs, education, ending US militarism, and bail outs of Wall St huckster.

    Onward, Joe Mustich, CT Justice of the Peace,
    Washington Green, CT USA

    In the US, marriage is a civil and contractual matter, as marriage licenses come from town halls, not mosques, temples or church halls.

    If you want to add your religion or god to your wedding ceremony, great, but don’t force your religion or gods on the rest of us…

    Go in peace….

    Joe Mustich

    February 23, 2011 at 8:53 AM


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