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  • "mimseycal, you are absolutely right and this also tends to raise the historic negative connotations of marriage for women ie chattels, love, honour and obey, inability for a woman to initiate divorce and apart from those unpleasant historic aspects of marriage, until recently churches would not allow divorced poeple to re-marry in a church because marriage was linked to religion.
    In modern Britain where men and women legally are equal, most people accept that marriage still has its origins in the church which states that marriage is between a man and a woman.
    Therefore, its ludicrous for someone to post on this site that they are atheist but want marriage and it should only be for a man and a woman.
    Marriage should only be for practising Christians and civil partnerships for all other adults - of any gender.
    I recently read a feature in one of the Sunday broadsheets which explained the difference between the legal route to ending a civil partnership compared to a marriage and ending a marriage is as easy as ordering a pizza.
    Beware of entering a civil partnership without knowing the costs and legal difficulties of ending a partnership.
    I wonder what that says about how the church and people who undertake marriages really respect the union of marriage."
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Gay marriage proposals backed by Brighton and Hove council

First published in News

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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