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07 May 2012

Have your say on government plans to redefine marriage

Have your say on government plans to redefine marriage

The government wants to redefine marriage to include same-sex couples and is holding a consultation to find out people’s views.

The consultation from the Government Equalities Office was originally supposed to be about ‘how to implement equal civil marriage for same-sex couples’ rather then whether or not to do so.

But in response to pressure from the Coalition for Marriage petition, which is approaching half a million signatures, the government is asking the public whether they agree or disagree with the plan.

It’s an important part of the democratic process that the government hears the views of as large a number of people as possible, which is why the Alliance is encouraging all of our members to have their say.

We know that filling out consultations can be difficult, so we have come up with a guide for you, which can be read here. We have also provided some background to the consultation, which can be viewed here.

We have included some suggested points to make in your consultation response, but if you don’t have the time, we would urge you at the very least to indicate that you ‘disagree’ in Question 1.

Remember to be selective in what you say, stick to the word limit and try as far as possible to express your views in your own words.

Please do take the time to respond online, via email or by post, and show the government how much people value the current definition of marriage.

The closing date for you to respond is Thursday, 14 June, but we would urge you to have your say sooner rather than later. 

View the government consultation on marriage.