Gay Marriage Legal by 2014!
Gay marriage will be legal in Britain within 18 months after a final decision from the Tory party. However there is still much confusion and dispute over what this means for religious ceremonies. It has been stated that there will be a legal exemption for the Church of England to the point where it will be illegal to hold ceremonies in certain places.
By 2014, some British churches will be able to hold gay marriage ceremonies, a move that has caused fierce division within the Tory party. An incredible 500,000 people signed a petition blocking gay marriage, the majority of which are seemingly religious fanatics’ intent on practising ignorance. Some critics have even proposed that the move will cost the Tory party the next election, however in contrast to this it could potentially gain them support from certain pro-equal right groups.
The atmosphere in the Commons has been notably tense amidst discussions this week. Maria Miller, the Equalities Minister, had promised to fast-track plans to make gay marriage legal, saying that it was necessary to “keep the institution of marriage vibrant and relevant to society”. She went on to say that the legal ban against ceremonies being held in the Church of England or the Church of Wales was to ensure protection against lawsuits from gay rights campaigners.
For a fee of £100, the many tens of thousands of gay couples who chose to unite through a civil partnership will now be able to ‘upgrade’ their union to marriage. Also, if a person in a heterosexual marriage chooses to have a sex change then they will no longer be legally obliged to divorce.
The move is a huge step forward for gay people in Britain with many seeing the move as further recognition of their acceptance.
Source: The Metro