The marriage (Same sex Couples) Act passed through both houses of parliament last week. It is now the law of England and Wales. The first same sex marriages are expected to take place next summer.
The bill survived a stormy passage through the Commons despite fierce opposition from dozens of Tory backbenchers.
The law legalising Same-Sex Marriage is separate from the law governing opposite sex marriage. The law governing opposite sex marriage is the Marriage Act 1949. Whilst the recent legislation is a step in the right direction, it appears that the Church of England is prohibited from performing religious same sex marriages, whilst other faiths will have the right to ‘opt in’.
Consequently, same sex couples are still going to be prejudiced in that they may not be able to marry in their chosen venue.
By Family Law Solicitor Lorraine Harvey