The Civil Partnership Act 2004, which allows gay couples to register their relationships legally, comes into force on Monday. The General Register Office has just sent out a letter to ministers like myself who conduct weddings. It is headed ‘Changes In Terminology In Marriage Registers’. It states that ‘Civil partnership will be a lawful impediment to marriage’ (and then goes on to lay out new terms that must be used to describe a person’s ‘condition’ at the time of marriage). Isn’t this a bit rich from a government that has told us that civil partnership is not the same as gay marriage?
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