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  • "I am amazed at the attitude of some of the commenters above. It seems that religious organisations claim ownership to state of marriage - does that mean that secular countries cannot have marriage recognising the binding or relationships. In addition, these sanctimonious statements are coming from a society that treat marriage with disdain - look at how many marriages actually break up. Finally, with dwindling attendance to church, does this mean that marriage is actually a state which should be gradually be withdrawn from British society.

    I have seen no sensible, unselfish argument against allowing the whole of society to recognise the official bonding of two people, be they heterosexual or homosexual. I wish the church would stop claiming a right to something that predates their existence"
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Gay marriage proposals backed by Brighton and Hove council

Gay marriage proposals have been unanimously backed by politicians in Brighton and Hove.

The Government’s Equalities Office began a 12-week consultation in April and it closed yesterday.

A letter on behalf of all 54 Brighton and Hove city councillors has been sent to Whitehall supporting plans to let people “convert” current civil partnerships into civil marriage.

It also includes allowing same sex couples to have a civil marriage in register offices or other approved premises.

However, under Government plans there will be no change to religious marriages.

Council leader Jason Kitcat said: “On behalf of our city’s large LGBT community I hope this will deliver much needed change while allowing existing faiths and traditions to continue unaffected.”

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