Take church out of marriage

Simon Hughes MP

Britain’s only out bisexual MP has called for legal and religious marriage to be separated. Bermondsey MP Simon Hughes is to meet equality minister Maria Miller to put the case that only civil officials should be licenced to conduct weddings. Marriages could still take place in churches and other religious venues but would only become legal once separately registered – taking marriage out of the hands of the church. It’s one way of solving the current conundrum on how to implement same-sex marriage while some institutions that can conduct marriages are viciously opposed to the idea.

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