Comments: News about civil partnerships and marriage

Not what I had hoped on any front!

Posted by Martin Reynolds at Thursday, 26 June 2014 at 11:34pm BST

Am really happy for married transgender people. TBTG!

Posted by JCF at Thursday, 26 June 2014 at 11:44pm BST

What sort of beliefs are non-religious? Jedi?

Posted by Susan Cooper at Friday, 27 June 2014 at 12:24am BST

So Sajid Javid with all this emphasis upon equality, why cannot heterosexual couples enter into a Civil Partnership if they so desire?

Posted by Father David at Friday, 27 June 2014 at 5:17am BST

Civil partnerships restricted only to same-sex couples are still a form of discrimination. The right to marry is for everybody, including transgendered individuals.

If civil partnerships are not opened to sex-discordant couples seeking a different level of commitment, then they should be abolished as soon as possible. Civil partnerships allow the Church of England to claim it is not homophobic because, while it denounces marriage equality, it allows, in some cases, for civil partnerships.

Gary Paul Gilbert

Posted by Gary Paul Gilbert at Friday, 27 June 2014 at 6:48am BST

We were promised - were we not - a statement on the future of pensions in (same-sex) marriages. There is no sign of it. Is there any point in transferring from a Civil Partnership to a (same-sex) marriage if there is no equality between (opposite-sex) marriage and (same-sex) marriage on pensions?

Posted by Malcolm Macourt at Friday, 27 June 2014 at 9:48am BST

The Church of England Pensions Board sent me a nice letter congratulating us on our marriage. They assured me that, marriage being marriage, that Laurence would get the same rights as any widow in relation to my pension.

Posted by Jeremy Pemberton at Friday, 27 June 2014 at 8:13pm BST

Good News indeed for you and Lawrence, Jeremy.

I wonder if we could not co-opt the staff of the Pensions Board onto the Faith and Order Commission? They seem to have quickly discerned the more just theology of Marriage.

Posted by Father Ron Smith at Saturday, 28 June 2014 at 1:34am BST

Conversion of civil partnerships into marriage from 10th December. Whilst there are currently two clergy marriages one under censure and the other prospective censure there are many more civil partnerships.

I wonder how many will convert by the stoke of a pen (in the presence of a registrar) and cause lots of fluttering in the episcopal dovecotes about further disciplinary measures-most I imagine?

It's going to be a very merry Christmas season.

Posted by Concerned Anglican at Saturday, 28 June 2014 at 12:49pm BST
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