Gay Couples to Obtain Right to Marry

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The Independent have reported last week on gay couples finally winning the right to marry following an announcement from Downing street.

It is anticipated that proposals could be announced in the Queen’s Speech to lead to the gay weddings rather than civil ceremonies being permitted from 2015 onwards.  The Home Office are to commence a consultation in March on how gay couples can be given the legal right to marry in a civil setting such as a registry office.  It is understood that it is a matter for churches as to whether or not they wish to marry same-sex couples.The proposals are not without their difficulties, a new pressure group, Coalition for Marriage, makes accusations that the Government has no mandate for the move.  Gay rights groups are fearful that the proposed legislation may not be included in the Queen’s Speech.

The Civil Partnership Act 2004 came into force on the 5th December 2005, the purpose of the Act was to enable same-sex couples to obtain legal recognition of their relationship by registration of a civil partnership, this was on the basis that same-sex couples do not currently have the option of marriage.

Civil partners assume legal rights and responsibilities with regard to each other and many acquire many of the legal rights and benefits currently afforded to married couples.

Any proposals will obviously have an impact on any future difficulties or disputes, including matters relating to children or financial relief.

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Gill Carr is an Associate Solicitor within the Family department at Forbes Solicitors. Gill’s blogs cover his specialisms of child protection, acting for both parents and children together with family members. Gill also advises and comments upon forced marriage, divorce, separation, child arrangements and financial matters. Gill writes about current legislation and case law relating to family law.
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