Government to legalise same-sex marriage

Posted: 16th September 2011

Although the Civil Partnership Act, which allows same-sex couples to be legally joined, came into effect as long ago as December 2005, the right to have a same-sex religious ceremony is not enshrined in law. This is now set to change as the Government has aLimonnounced plans to give homosexual couples the same legal rights as heterosexuals.
The move, which forms part of the Government’s equalities agenda, will begin with a consultation exercise starting March 2012 and the relevant legislation is expected to be on the books by 2015.
At present, there are some legal differences in status between the spouses in a marriage and civil partners.
However, plans to give cohabitees legal rights where the cohabitation is longstanding have been quietly shelved.