The UK government has announced its response and decisions, following the consultation on civil partnerships and same – sex marriage. The key points are:
Civil partnerships will remain an option for same – sex couples, as an alternative to marriage.
Couples in existing civil partnerships will have the opportunity to have these formally converted, on request, to marriage. Such conversion will not be automatically applied to all couples.
(These two points are in accordance with the submissions of both Anglican and Catholic bishops, and of the our own CSCS submission to the consultation .They will be widely welcomed by same – sex couples who support the introduction of same – sex marriage as an option in law, but do not want their own relationships).
Conversion of civil partnerships to formal marriage can begin from December 10th.
Civil partnerships will not be extended to different – sex couples.
For further details and commentary, see:
- Civil partnerships can be converted to marriages from December (The Guardian)
- Date set for option to convert civil unions to gay marriages (BBC News)
- Same-sex couples to be allowed to convert civil partnerships to marriages from December, Culture Secretary Says (Independent)
- Stonewall ‘delighted’ that couples can from December convert civil partnerships (Pink News)
- Peter Tatchell: ‘David Cameron has betrayed equality by denying straight couples civil partnerships’ (Pink News)
- Church of England Bishops: “Retain Civil Partnerships” (queeringthechurch.com)
- Isle of Man: Overseas same-sex marriages ‘to be recognised as civil partnerships’ (pinknews.co.uk)
- Archbishop Smith: bishops’ position on civil partnerships has not changed (catholicherald.co.uk)
- As a straight woman, why shouldn’t I have a civil partnership? (theguardian.com)
- In England, Bishop Would Deny Communion & Priest Admits to Same-Gender Marriage (newwaysministryblog.wordpress.com)
- Civil Partnerships: CSCS Submission to UK Government Consultation (christianityandsexuality.org)