Marriage Bill committee stage

Memorandum to the committee stage of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill 2013

Summary:

The LGB&T Anglican Coalition is a coalition of all the groups working to encourage the Church of England to be more inclusive of LGB&T people. A clear majority of our organisations strongly support the proposed legislation, in particular we welcome the provision that religious bodies are allowed to opt in voluntarily; no religious body or individual is compelled to act against conscience; married transgender people who apply for full gender recognition will no longer have to dissolve their marriages. We have highlighted several specific issues, including matters that will need to be addressed when the Church of England considers whether or not to opt in, and in relation to religious employment.

Memorandum [PDF].

Have your say on the Marriage Bill

Parliamentary scrutiny: have your say on the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill.

Please submit your views in writing to the House of Commons Public Bill Committee which is going to consider the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill.

The Public Bill Committee of the House of Commons is now able to receive written evidence from external sources. The sooner you send in your submission, the more time the Committee will have to take it into consideration.

The Committee is expected to meet for the first time on Tuesday 12 February. The Committee will stop receiving written evidence at the end of the Committee stage on Tuesday 12 March 2013.

Make your submission [PDF].