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Peter Hargrove

Peter Hargrove

New guidance on the 'marriage' of same-sex couples was published by the Equality and Human Rights Commission in March. Five separate documents cover the variety of public life sectors impacted by the adjust to the law. There is also a separate Q&A document. The guidance draws heavily on the input and recommendations of an advisory operating group which incorporated the Evangelical Alliance.


In response, the Commission's view is that the crucial situation has to do with what objective such a question is directed and regardless of whether that is reputable. If the query is posed to probe whether perform duties and/or solutions will be provided equally in conformity with the law, then in their view it is legitimate to ask the query as a starting point to probe that specific concern.

IT is specifically two years because I decided I wanted to be a marriage guidance counsellor. My program was to combine the counselling with my profession as a freelance journalist, hoping the two would complement each other. My husband was interested and supported the idea (we had been married for two years). Close friends either gave me dark, questioning appears (was there one thing wrong with my marriage?) or were terribly impressed. 'How useful, I could do with a bit of counselling myself,' lots of them mentioned.

The Forced Marriage Unit (FMU) is a joint Foreign & Commonwealth Workplace and Home Office Unit. The Unit also functions in partnership with community organisations and voluntary organisations to tackle forced marriage. The FMU has a public helpline that provides confidential advice and assistance to victims, and to practitioners handling cases of forced marriage.'marriage

But we have been specifically dismayed by the section of the document which refers to clergy, lay readers, and ordinands, should they be in a exact same-sex relationship therapy and want to be married. In particular, we discover the warnings to ordinands, both presently training and these who might be coaching in the future, to be unrepresentative of the generous and communal characteristics of the Scottish Episcopal Church. Even although our church has not but agreed to solemnise exact same-sex marriages, they will nonetheless grow to be a civil institution which we will recognise like everyone else below the law. It is our firm belief consequently that any prohibition on getting a civil marriage is outwith the moral and canonical authority of a bishop.

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Although there are often aspects with which to take concern, on the whole the Alliance is content that the Commission has listened to advice and has definitely attempted to get things right and present the law in a balanced way. All Christian organisations and Christians employed in the public and private sectors must familiarise themselves with this guidance to stay away from the possibility of provoking unnecessary legal conflicts.

Other applications may possibly also be attainable for asylum, humanitarian protection or discretionary leave to remain in the country if the victim is escaping forced marriage or other dangers to their or their childrens lives or nicely-becoming abroad. When assessing any claims for asylum, the Home Office should take into account any relevant gender issues, such as the distinct Asylum Policy Instructions beneath Gender Troubles for Asylum claims. All victims can also apply outdoors the immigration rules for leave to stay on compassionate or exceptional grounds. Website URL:

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