Call us Our customer care line is now open for extended hours : Mon - Fri 8:30am - 7pm, Sat - Sun 9am - 5pm

MoD considers gay marriage on military bases

Marriage | 15 May 2016 0

Armed forces minister Penny Mordaunt has ordered the Ministry of Defence (MoD) to explore the possibility of using military bases for civil marriages, including same sex weddings.

The 190 chapels on military bases across the UK are staffed by chaplains from a variety of Christian denominations. However, 12 of these, including the Anglican Church, refuse to conduct same sex marriages

Last year the Tory MP and Royal Navy reservist said she had begun consulting army chaplains on ways to make same sex marriage fully accessible to members of the armed forces.

This week, asked about progress, she announced a pilot scheme in which some Ministry of Defence sites would be registered for the conduct of civil marriages, noting:

“…this includes same-sex unions.”

Campaign organisation Stonewall hailed the project. A spokesperson said:

“It’s great to hear that same-sex marriages will soon take place at Ministry of Defence sites and we hope to see this rolled out across all military bases.”

They added:

“For lesbian, gay and bi service people this move by the Ministry of Defence sends an important message – that the armed forces are not only inclusive, but want to play a significant role in celebrating same-sex partnerships.”

The Army, Navy and Air Force have overcome a reputation for hostility to gay rights and are now considered amongst the most progressive employers in the UK.

The blog team at Stowe is a group of writers who share their advice on the wellbeing and emotional aspects of divorce or separation from personal experience. Guest contributors also regularly contribute to share their knowledge.

Get in touch

    Request Free Call Back

    We remain open for business during the COVID-19 outbreak. Submit your details below, and we’ll arrange a free, no-obligation call back at a time to suit you. To ensure we are the right fit, we need to make you aware that we cannot offer Legal aid.

    Leave a Reply


    Newsletter Sign Up

    For all the latest news from Stowe Family law
    please sign up for instant access today.

      Privacy Policy