Marriage equality is still the issue

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Commenting on the legal recognition given to same-sex civil partnerships to be registered on religious premises in England and Wales, Symon Hill, associate director of the Christian thinktank Ekklesia, said:

“This is an important step on the way to equality, but marriage law in the UK still remains unfair.

“Different people have different rights, depending on religion and sexuality. It is time for a thorough overhaul of marriage law to respond to the diversity of beliefs and relationships in a plural society.

"Ekklesia wants to see the legal and religious elements of marriage made more distinct. This would allow people to celebrate their commitment in a personal, communal and – if important to them – religious ceremony, with legal registration being a separate process."

* The provision will apply only in England and Wales. The Scottish government is consulting on introducing full marriage equality, while the UK government has promised same-sex civil marriage in England and Wales by 2015.

* Ekklesia's submission to the Scottish government can be read here: http://www.ekklesia.co.uk/node/15883