LGBT+ Liberal Democrats have welcomed the Government's response to the equal marriage consultation, as the next step towards delivering equal marriage in the United Kingdom.
Chair Adrian Trett said, "The Liberal Democrats were the first major party to adopt marriage equality as policy, and it's great to now see support across the political spectrum for the Government delivering this. We are particularly pleased that the Government is allowing willing faith organisations to conduct same-sex marriages - this is a decision which should not be taken by Government."
LGBT+ Liberal Democrats have expressed concerns, however, over the lack of plans to extend civil partnerships to mixed-sex couples. We point out this will lead to couples in civil partnership being forced to dissolve the relationship if one partner undergoes legal gender change, which will not be the case for married couples.
LGBT+ Liberal Democrats have briefed the party's MPs and will be examining the full legislation carefully to see where it differs from the party's equal marriage policy, in order to consider legislative amendments.