In a dramatic development, the House of Lords has voted to allow the use of religious premises and religious language in same-sex partnerships. Peers voted in favour of the proposal by 93 votes to 21, despite government opposition.
The thinktank Ekklesia has welcomed moves to give legal recognition to same-sex partnerships carried out by religious groups and institutions, but suggested that the growing diversity of arrangements highlights the need for wide-ranging reform of marriage law.
Senior Church of England bishops in the House of Lords say that they will now support an amendment to the Equality Bill to lift the ban on civil partnership ceremonies taking place on religious premises.
The vote by the Church of England’s General Synod to extend pension rights beyond the legal minimum for civil partners has been welcomed by the Inclusive Church network and by campaigners working for equality.
Iain McLean FBA, Professor of Politics at Oxford University and author of What's Wrong with the British Constitution? highlights inconsistencies in the arguments of the bishops in the recent votes on amendments to the Equality Bill.
The government has agreed to consider measures to give legal recognition to religious same-sex partnership ceremonies, after the proposal received support in the House of Lords. No religious elements are currently allowed in civil partnerships.
The House of Lords is preparing to debate a proposal to allow the use of religious language and religious premises in civil partnerships between same-sex couples. The proposal has been welcomed by a number of faith groups.
The Court of Appeal has turned down an appeal by a registrar who refused to officiate at civil partnerships and have rejected her claim that she was discriminated against because of her Christian faith. This is good news for all those Christians who are fed up of seeing Christianity used as an excuse for homophobia.