Same-sex couples look likely to get the right to enjoy a church ‘wedding’ under Government plans to change the law on civil partnerships.
Equalities minister Lynn Featherstone is expected to lift the ban on civil partnership ceremonies taking place in religious settings in England and Wales.
Meanwhile, rules which currently restrict the time when marriages can take place to between 8am and 6pm are also up for amendment. A Government Bill proposes to remove this historic restriction, allowing weddings to be held at any time you choose.
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Wedding planners It’s The Agency welcomed the change. Wedding Specialist Nicola Stoddart said, ‘The introduction of this flexible and relaxed approached will allow the bride and groom to plan their celebrations to fit in with today’s lifestyle.
‘While potentially we may not see huge changes to the industry we do expect to see more evening weddings and potentially even a demand for midnight weddings especially for special occasions such as New Year’s Eve. At the moment brides are waiting anything up to two years to book dates at some very popular venues and this should really help with providing more availability.’
The hours change will cover civil marriage and civil partnership ceremonies but won’t change timings of weddings in Anglican churches.
Changing the law on where same-sex ceremonies can take place, which could come into effect in 2012, will not compel any church to allow civil partnership ceremonies on its premises.
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