Helen Grant, the Equalities Minister, has confirmed that same sex couples who are currently in civil partnerships in England and Wales will be able to convert this to marriage within 2014. This remark was made on Tuesday morning to a House of Commons committee that was looking at the implementation of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act. The Committee was made up of pro and anti-equal marriage MPs who were debating a final set of technical measures such as the registration of same sex marriages in shared religious precedents. Amendments that were passed this week included the recognition of same sex marriages registered overseas and changes to the occupational pension schemes regarding terminology – not addressing the existing imbalance with civil partnership contribution.
There were 128 Conservative MPs who voted against the Marriage (same sex couples) Act at the third reading in May 2013.
The UK Government launched a consultation into the future of civil partnerships last month. Saturday 29th March 2014 is the first date that same sex marriages in England and Wales will take place.
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