Sky News and gay marriage

Marriage|March 31st 2014

Saturday was the first day in which same sex couples could get married in England and Wales and on that day I travelled over to the Sky News studios to discuss the implications of a day which so many couples have been eagerly awaiting.

I had seen the rainbow flags flying over Whitehall on my way in and I told the presenters how proud I was to be a lawyer that on a day worthy of such celebration.

We discussed the differences between civil partnership and marriage, how the government is currently reviewing the status of civil partnerships (should they be extended to straight couples or should they be abolished?) and the options open to religious organisations who may or may not wish to conduct same sex ceremonies. We even touched on the topic of divorce – albeit lightly.  Any same sex couples marrying on Saturday will have to wait a year to part ways if things go wrong.

It was a fast-paced discussion (TV always moves quickly), but I enjoyed the opportunity to discuss such a seismic shift in English marriage law.

Author: Stowe Family Law


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