Civil Partnerships at religious premises
LGBT Equality Minister, Lib Dem MP Lynne Featherstone, today announced that in five weeks' time - on December 5th - the law will change to permit civil partnership ceremonies to be conducted at religious premises in England and Wales. The date is six years to the day since the first civil partnership ceremony held in the UK.
Lynne said: "The government is advancing equality for lesbian, gay and bisexual people and ensuring freedom of religion for people of all faiths. No religious group will be forced to host a civil partnership registration, but for those who wish to do so this is an important step forward."