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same-sex marriage | Cambridge Family Law Practice

Equal marriage is coming

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[Update: the first same-sex couples married validly under English law on 29 March 2014] It is a rare event indeed in the office when all of us can be found applauding the current government’s policy or pronouncements, but we have greeted David Cameron’s announcement that gay marriage will become legal with a general “thumbs up”. In a subsequent speech, however, the culture secretary Maria Miller announced that the Churches of England and Wales (being the Established Church) will be explicitly banned from performing same-sex marriage ceremonies. The legal ban may have the effect of protecting these churches from legal claims…

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Same-sex civil marriage consultation

By | Law news, Living together/cohabitation, News | One Comment

Last week the government formally announced that it is considering reforming the law to enable same-sex couples to get married. It has opened a consultation seeking the views of the public about how to provide equal access to marriage: you can find it here , and it is open until 12 June 2012. It makes interesting reading, but in CFLP’s view it is as interesting for what it will not be considering, as it is for the proposed direction of change. Currently the only option available to same-sex couples who wish to formalise their relationships in legal terms is to…

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