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Lynne Featherstone: Faiths now able to celebrate civil partnerships

December 15, 2011 1:11 PM
Originally published by UK Liberal Democrats

"A number of faiths have made it very clear to me and others that they want to allow same-sex couples to have their civil partnership ceremony in their places of worships.

"As a Liberal Democrat, I strongly believe that we should make this possible and that is why the Coalition Government is doing the right thing in allowing these faiths to celebrate the love that two people have for each other.

"From the outset, we made it clear that we would not force any faith to do so and the House of Lords have today recognised that there are appropriate safeguards.

"I look forward to working equally constructively with all interested people and organisations as we move ahead with the Coalition Government's plan to open up marriage to same-sex couples. Our commitment to equality runs deep, as next year's consultation on equal marriage will show."

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