Lib Dems back marriage - and civil partnership - equality

September 21, 2010 6:37 PM
Stephen Gilbert

Stephen Gilbert: Government must open marriage to all couples

"Current legislation degrades same-sex couples to a second-tier partnership and leads to unnecessary pain and trouble for anyone wishing to change their legally recognised gender, forcing them to divorce or dissolve their civil partnership and enter into a different commitment."

Liberal Democrat Autumn Conference today called for the Government to legislate for equal marriage, open to all, including same-sex couples.

Conference today passed a motion calling for:

· The opening up of marriage and civil partnerships to both same-sex and mixed-sex couples

· To allow religious and humanist celebrants to legally solemnise and celebrate same-sex marriages and civil partnerships in places of religious worship, if they wish to do so

· To allow individuals who seek gender recognition or wish to change their legally recognised gender to remain in their current marriage or civil partnership

Commenting, Liberal Democrat MP Stephen Gilbert said:

"This policy underlines, once again, that equality is in the DNA of our party. Today, Liberal Democrat members showed that the Party remains in the vanguard of the progressive movement and won't settle until everyone enjoys equal status.

"Current legislation degrades same-sex couples to a second-tier partnership and leads to unnecessary pain and trouble for anyone wishing to change their legally recognised gender, forcing them to divorce or dissolve their civil partnership and enter into a different commitment.

"It is time that Britain ends the current unfair legal situation and regains its position as a country leading the fight for full LGBT equality."

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