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The TUC has welcomed the government's consultation on giving lesbian and gay partners the same right to civil marriage as heterosexual couples.
Currently the law only allows civil partnerships for same sex couples while marriage is reserved for heterosexual partners, so the TUC supports the government's decision to review this.
TUC General Secretary Brendan Barber said: 'Opening up civil marriage to same sex couples would be a welcome step forward on the long journey towards achieving equality for LGBT people.
'However, not including religious ceremonies for same sex couples or civil partnerships to heterosexuals who might want this option in the consultation is very short-sighted - and shows we still have a very long way to go before we can talk about real equality and inclusion.'
The government consultation on equal civil marriage is open until 14th June 2012. The reform would have the force of law in England and Wales, but not Scotland or Northern Ireland.
The Law Commission has recently announced that, at the request of the Ministry of Justice, it is to undertake a targeted review of two aspects of the law that entitles married couples and civil partners to claim financial provision from one another on divorce or dissolution of their partnership.
The Commission will examine the extent to which one party should be required to meet the other's needs after the relationship has ended. It will also consider how what is known as “non-matrimonial property” (acquired by either party prior to the marriage or civil partnership, or received by gift or inheritance) should be treated on divorce or dissolution.
Professor Elizabeth Cooke, the Law Commissioner with responsibility for family law, said:
“We are delighted that the Ministry of Justice has asked us to undertake this very important review. When two people bring their marriage or civil partnership to an end it is vital that the law assists them to resolve their financial arrangements as quickly and fairly as possible. The current law creates too much potential for uncertainty and for inconsistent outcomes. In particular, the extent to which one party should be required to meet the other's financial needs is far from clear. Likewise, there is uncertainty over the treatment of property brought into the relationship or inherited by one of the parties.”
The Law Commission has made recommendations to bring inheritance law into line with the needs and expectations of modern families, and simplify the law to help the bereaved deal with the property of a deceased family member.
A recent bulletin from the Office for National Statistics presents annual statistics on divorces that took place in 2010 following court orders, in England and Wales. The figures show that there were 119,589 divorces in England and Wales in 2010, an increase of 4.9%.
A recent statistical release from the Office for National Statistics has provided data on live births in England and Wales in 2010 by characteristics of the mother, including age and family setting.
The Government has recently announced that it will begin consulting in March 2012 on how to make civil marriage available to same-sex couples.
A recent report by the Office for National Statistics has looked at the development of civil partnerships in England and Wales since their introduction in December 2005.