The Law Commission reviews law of marriage

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The Law Commission has started work on a review of the current law of marriage, following a request from the government.

The scoping phase of the review is currently under way. This is due to last until the end of 2015, at which point an initial report will be released.

But why is this review taking place?

The review seeks to discover whether the current law provides a fair and coherent framework for marriage, and whether the current law, which has evolved over a long period of time, meets the needs and wishes of those seeking to marry, whilst protecting the status of marriage.

The Law Commission will research both domestic and comparative law in order to answer these questions, and then use this information to develop any necessary reforms.

The Law Commission has noted that any work will not consider who can marry, the rights and responsibilities which come with marriage, and the question of whether or not religious groups should be obliged to solemnise marriages of same sex couples.

Following the publication of the initial report, the Government will consider if any steps need to be taken, and whether and to what extent the Law Commission will be involved in these.

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