The UK Is On Its Way To Gay (Marriage)

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According to the news reports, Britain is on its way to finally removing the legal distinction between homosexual unions and marriages. This means that gay couples can have the full rights of a regular marriage (a wedding in a church or other religious institution, as well as legal rights). Though civil unions and marriages are almost identical under current UK law, social activists have been fighting for this new change, arguing that the term “civil union” is subtly discriminatory. The country’s civil union law “introduced in 2005, already gives gay couples the same legal protection, adoption and inheritance rights as heterosexual married partners”.

Unfortunately, the new law would not force religious institutions to recognize the marriages. We’re still a long way from that.

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Michaela is a recent Seven Sisters graduate with a self-designed degree in Sexuality Studies. When she's not blogging, you'll find her teaching Health and Wellness and A Cappella to high school students, helping women find properly fitting bras, and working as an editor on a documentary. She hopes to continue her education one day with a PhD in Feminist Anthropology.

  • Guest

    I don’t feel that religious institutions should be forced to become something they aren’t willing to consider. However, I do believe that if a religious institution cannot change as its congregation changes, it is doomed to extinction. For some of them, it can’t happen fast enough…

  • Michaela

    I definitely agree with you. It’s hard for me, as a queer Jew, to know that my rabbi refuses to perform gay marriages. It doesn’t mean I can’t have a Jewish wedding, just not in the synagogue I grew up in.