Law Society backs extension of marriage to gay couples

The Law Society (the representative body for all solicitors in England and Wales, has thrown its weight behind proposals from the coalition government to allow all couples to enter into a civil marriage – regardless of their gender.

In a formal statement in support of their position and in response to government consultation, the president of the Law Society also took the opportunity of recommending changes to the current status of the law in respect of cohabiting couples. Current Law Society President ,John Wotton, made it clear that the Law Society fully supported the continued availability of entering into a formal civil partnership, but proposed the extension of such formal civil partnerships to heterosexual as well as same-sex couples – which, it was argued, would provide, in particular, a proper legal framework to deal with the financial consequences of the breakdown in any relationship between any unmarried heterosexual couples who were currently not permitted to enter into a civil partnership.