Saturday, 24 July 2010

Relevant Groups To Discuss Marriage Equality At Home Office

The Government consultation on the future of civil partnerships, where I hope marriage equality will be on the agenda, looks set to begin consultation with relevant groups meeting on Tuesday 27th July. Whilst I'm never pleased at seeing Government consulting with unelected, non-representative private groups, I suppose this can be said to be a step forward in the debate.

Changing Attitude, an Anglican LGBT group, report:

Changing Attitude, LGCM, Stonewall, LGB Consortium, Lesbian and Gay Foundation and Outrage have been invited by Lynne Featherstone MP, the Minister for Equalities, to a discussion at the Home Office on Tuesday 27th July. With Jeremy Timm, the chair of trustees, I will be representing CA.

This is part of the coalition government’s commitment to talk to those with a key interest in what the next stage should be for civil partnerships. This now includes, in the government’s careful phrasing, that “…some religious organisations can allow same-sex couples the opportunity to register their relationship in a religious setting if they wish to do so.”

Let's keep an eye out for more announcements...

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