Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Gay MPs 'may marry in Parliament'

British Prime Minister, Gordon Brown is expected to say gay MPs and peers should to be allowed to hold civil partnership ceremonies inside the Palace of Westminster.

BBC reports:
Prime Minister, Gordon Brown will propose the idea when he appears before MPs investigating how to open up Parliament to ethnic minorities, women and disabled people. Parliamentarians and their children can marry in Parliament already but civil partnerships are not allowed. When he appears for his 20-minute question-and-answer session Mr Brown is expected to say he wants Parliament and other venues to be opened up to civil partnership ceremonies. But he will not call for St Mary Undercroft chapel in the Palace of Westminster to be used for this purpose because the Church of England stipulates only the union of a man and a woman can be celebrated by a priest in church. READ MORE