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Out4Marriage Equal Civil Marriage Consultation Response

Out4Marriage Equal Civil Marriage Consultation Response

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Here is the official consultation response from the Out4Marriage campaign
Here is the official consultation response from the Out4Marriage campaign

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Official Consultation Response of the Out4Marriage Campaign
Note: This document describes the positions adopted by the Out4Marriage Campaign Committeebased on an overall analysis of the content submitted to the Out4Marriage video campaign. But itdoes not imply direct endorsement by those individuals who have submitted videos messages to theOut4Marriage video campaign.
Question 1: Do you agree or disagree with enabling all couples, regardless of their gender to have a civil marriage ceremony?
 Agree
Question 2: Please explain the reasons for your answer.
Marriage is an important social institution widely acknowledged as the supreme act of commitment and expression of love between two people. The role of marriage in modernBritain extends well beyond that of its traditional theological context; its reach is embeddedinto both socio-economic rights, legislation and cultural norms.It is the belief of Out4Marriage that equal marriage, both civil and religious, should belegislated for; failure to do so would not only be a continued infringement on LGBT(lesbian, gay bisexual and transgendered) rights, but also of religious freedoms in the UK.That many religious denominations responded positively to the Out4Marriage campaignspeaks to the demand by these groups for just such a situation. Article 16 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights affords every person the right toenter into a marriage, regardless of their religion. The Equality Act 2010 includesprotections for both people of faith and those whom are atheist. By enabling civil marriage,legislative agreement between the positions would occur and rights for atheist couples,same sex or otherwise, would be extended. However this situation alone does not defendthe religious freedoms of LGBT people of faith. Also, it is the position of countries such as Portugal not to recognise UK Civil Partnershipsdespite same sex marriage being legal within its borders. This creates an anomaly, acutein the European Union but not unique to it, where expatriated British citizens facedissolution of their legal partnership, and therefore rights, owing to a lack of internationaltreaties on same sex marriage/ partnership rights. In legislating for equal marriage,therefore, HM Government will go some way to enabling freedom of movement for samesex couples.
Question 3: If you identify as being lesbian, gay, bisexual or transsexual would youwish to have a civil marriage ceremony?
This question doesn’t apply to me
Question 4: If you represent a group of individuals who identify as being lesbian,gay, bisexual or transsexual would those you represent wish to have a civilmarriage ceremony?
Yes
 
Official Consultation Response of the Out4Marriage Campaign
Question 5: The Government does not propose to open up religious marriage tosame-sex couples. Do you agree or disagree?
Disagree. Religious marriage should be opened up to same-sex couples
Question 6: Do you agree or disagree with keeping the option of civil partnershipsonce civil marriage is available to same-sex couples?
 Agree
Question 7: If you identify as being lesbian, gay, bisexual and were consideringmaking a legal commitment to your partner would you prefer to have a civilpartnership or a civil marriage?
This question doesn’t apply to me
Question 8: The Government is not considering opening up civil partnerships toopposite-sex couples. Do you agree or disagree with this proposal?
Disagree. Civil partnerships should be opened up to opposite sex couples
Question 9: If you are in a civil partnership would you wish to take advantage of thispolicy and convert your civil partnership into a marriage?
This question doesn’t apply to me
Question 10: Do you agree or disagree that there should be a time limit on the abilityto convert a civil partnership into a marriage?
 Agree. There shouldn’t be a time limit
Question 11: Do you agree or disagree that there should be the choice to have acivil ceremony on conversion of a civil partnership into a marriage?
Yes, there should be an option
Question 12: If you are a married transsexual person would you want to takeadvantage of this policy and remain in your marriage while obtaining a full Gender Recognition Certificate?
This question doesn’t apply to me
Question 13: If you are the spouse of a transsexual person, would you want to takeadvantage of this policy and remain in your marriage whilst your spouse obtained afull Gender Recognition Certificate?
This question doesn’t apply to me

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