Right to choose basis of marriage

Bill: 
Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill 2013
Stage: 
LordsC
Proposer: 
Lord Carey of Clifton
Verdict: 
Wrecking
Synopsis: 

Defines a "traditional marriage" as being between one man and one woman with a specific form of words used. The Church of England may then solemnize such a "traditional marriage" and have it recorded on a separate register.

This is Number 9 in .

Commentary: 

Solemnization is the term used to refer to the Church of England marriage registration. It is nothing new. What is new is this new category of uber-special "traditional marriage" which the Registrar General should maintain.

I have no problem with the Church of England maintaining a list of these "traditional marriages" (but would point out that, yes, it is bigoted behaviour) but there is no need for the state to recognise them as being any different and this amendment should therefore be fought against.

Amendment: 

Insert the following new Clause—
“Right to choose basis of marriage

(1) Nothing in this Act takes away the right of a man and woman to enter a
traditional marriage.

(2) A “traditional marriage” is one where the basis of the marriage is the
voluntary union of one man and one woman for life, to the exclusion of all
others.

(3) A traditional marriage may be solemnized in accordance with—

(a) Part 2 of the Marriage Act 1949, or

(b) any other statutory provision authorising the marriage, provided
the ceremony contains a declaration by the parties in the following
form, or words to that effect— “I [name] take you [name] as my
husband [or wife], and forsaking all others, promise to remain
faithful to you as long as we both shall live.”

(4) The Registrar General shall maintain a public register of those whose
marriages have been solemnized in accordance with subsection (3) and
who notify the Registrar General of their wish to be included in it.”

Bill Text: 
Right to choose basis of marriage

(1) Nothing in this Act takes away the right of a man and woman to enter a
traditional marriage.

(2) A “traditional marriage” is one where the basis of the marriage is the
voluntary union of one man and one woman for life, to the exclusion of all
others.

(3) A traditional marriage may be solemnized in accordance with—

(a) Part 2 of the Marriage Act 1949, or

(b) any other statutory provision authorising the marriage, provided
the ceremony contains a declaration by the parties in the following
form, or words to that effect— “I [name] take you [name] as my
husband [or wife], and forsaking all others, promise to remain
faithful to you as long as we both shall live.”

(4) The Registrar General shall maintain a public register of those whose
marriages have been solemnized in accordance with subsection (3) and
who notify the Registrar General of their wish to be included in it.