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One step forward, two steps back

The government’s decision to make it illegal for the Church of England to conduct ?same-sex marriages leaves Anya Palmer questioning its position in society

14 December 2012

The government has confirmed it will shortly bring forward legislation to end sex discrimination in marriage. If that passes on a free vote, it will no longer be the law that I can only marry a man. For this much I am grateful. I am confident the bill will pass on a free vote, and I look forward to no longer being a second class citizen in this respect.

I will be exercising my newfound right by choosing not to get married (I may even throw a party to celebrate that I can finally not get married from a position of choice) but equally I am delighted that those who do wish to marry will be able to do so.

I am surprised however that a government that introduces this measure in the name of equality still refuses to either open up civil partnership to heterosexual couples, or end that institution. Which part of the word “equality” do they not understand? Have they not taken any legal advic...

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