The UK Government has officially announced the intention of changing the law to allow gay marriage next year.
BBC News reports:
The government has indicated it is committed to changing the law to allow gay marriage by 2015.
Ministers are to launch a consultation next spring on how to open up civil marriage to same-sex couples ahead of the next general election.
Equalities Minister Lynne Featherstone told the Lib Dem autumn conference that current laws were “simply not fair”.
The leadership of both coalition parties back the move but it is likely to anger some Conservative activists.
And gay rights campaigners have urged the government to act immediately, saying existing laws are discriminatory and a consultation is unnecessary.
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The move was announced by Lib Dem equalities minister Lynne Featherstone, who is addressing the opening day of her party’s annual conference in Birmingham on Saturday.
“I am delighted to confirm that early next year, this Government will begin a formal consultation on equal civil marriage for same-sex couples,” she said. “This would allow us to make any legislative changes before the end of this Parliament.
“We will be working closely with all those who have an interest in the area to understand their views ahead of the formal consultation.”
The Lib Dems had been keen to claim credit for the move, which has the strong support of party activists.
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