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Screening of ‘Love Free or Die’

Screening of the film ‘Love Free or Die’, the story of Gene Robinson, at the 26th BFI London Gay & Lesbian Film Festival.

On Saturday 24 March, the BFI London Lesbian & Gay Film Festival will be screening the Sundance Film Festival-selected ‘Love Free or Die’, the inspirational story of the first openly gay and partnered bishop in Christendom, Gene Robinson, in his courageous ministry and efforts to develop the Church’s relationship to its LGB&T members (including making a UK visit to Lambeth!)

Details [BFI website].

Government equal civil marriage consultation

This consultation sets out the government’s proposals to enable same-sex couples to have a civil marriage.

The key proposals of the consultation are:

  • to enable same-sex couples to have a civil marriage i.e. only civil ceremonies in a register office or approved premises (like a hotel)
  • to make no changes to religious marriages. This will continue to only be legally possible between a man and a woman
  • to retain civil partnerships for same-sex couples and allow couples already in a civil partnership to convert this into a marriage
  • civil partnership registrations on religious premises will continue as is currently possible i.e. on a voluntary basis for faith groups and with no religious content
  • individuals will, for the first time, be able legally to change their gender without having to end their marriage

Current legislation allows same-sex couples to enter into a civil partnership, but not civil marriage. The full details of the consultation are included in the consultation document and impact assessment files which are available to download.

Equal civil marriage consultation [PDF].
Impact assessment [PDF].
Respond online [online survey].

The consultation closes on 14 June 2012.