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Press Release 18th February 2011: Civil Partnerships/Religious Premises

Cutting Edge Consortium asks Government to press ahead with Marriage Review 

The Cutting Edge Consortium welcomes the Government’s announcement of a timetable to revise the regulations that currently prevent Civil Partnerships being registered on religious premises. Religious bodies that wish to host civil partnerships should be enabled to do so as soon as possible. But there are many others for whom this is an unsatisfactory compromise.

We therefore encourage the Government to press ahead soon with a public consultation on further changes to the law about Civil Partnerships and Marriages. In the long term, all forms of Marriage – religious, Humanist, or Civil – should be available to all people regardless of sexual orientation.

It is disappointing that no concrete timetable for this work has yet been published, although we recognise that such changes will be complex and may be contentious. But justice delayed is justice denied.

We look forward to participating in the consultations on both these issues.

Notes for Editors:

1. The Cutting Edge Consortium is an alliance comprising the following organisations:
A:Gender, British Humanist Association, The Campaign for Homosexual Equality, Centre for the Study of Christianity & Sexuality, Ekklesia, Gay & Lesbian Humanist Association, The General Assembly of Unitarian & Free Christian Churches (Great Britain), Inclusive Church, Interfaith Alliance UK, Lesbian & Gay Christian Movement, LGBT Consortium of Voluntary & Community Organisations, Liberal Judaism, Muslim Education Centre Oxford, National Secular Society, Newington Green & Islington Unitarians, Pink Triangle Trust, Progressive British Muslims, Trade Union Congress.

2. The recent Government Equalities Office press statement can be found at: http://www.equalities.gov.uk/news/religious_buildings.aspx

3. The Marriages & Civil Partnerships (Approved Premises) Regulations 2005 can be found: http://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2005/3168/introduction/made

4. For further information contact: cuttingedgeconsortium1@gmail.com 


Posted: 18th February 2011 EB-H