Same-sex marriage: details unveiled

Bi-coloured UK mapThe Government today laid a series of ‘statutory instruments’ to be considered by Parliament which will put in place the fine detail of the same-sex marriage law passed last year. These will bring into force most of the provisions of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act for England and Wales and should mean the first marriages can take place on March 29th.

They:

  • make various changes to primary and secondary legislation that are needed as a result of the Act coming into force;
  • set out the procedures for registration of places of worship and authorised persons for marriages of same-sex couples;
  • set out procedures for registration of shared religious premises for marriages of same-sex couples;
  • determine jurisdiction in proceedings for divorce, annulment or judicial separation of a marriage of a same-sex couple;
  • extend graduated retirement benefit to married same-sex couples;
  • make various related changes to certain public service pension schemes;
  • set out procedures for registration of military chapels for marriages of same-sex couples;
  • set out procedures for marriages (including of same-sex couples) in armed forces bases overseas;
  • set out procedures for marriages (including marriages of same-sex couples) in British consulates.

These statutory instruments will be available on the Office of Public Sector Information website.