Steve welcomes the level of response to same-sex marriage consultation

Steve has welcomed the level of response to a constituency-wide consultation on the Government’s proposals to extend civil marriage to same-sex couples.

 

Last week, Steve ran a constituency-wide consultation on the Government’s proposals to extend civil marriage to same-sex couples. The survey follows a consultation exercise with religious and faith groups in Billesley, Bournville, Brandwood and Selly Oak; as well as a Facebook poll.

 

The consultation results show a solid majority, 70% of respondents, in favour of extending civil marriage (State-sponsored ceremonies in registry offices) to same-sex couples.

 

On the question of allowing same-sex couples to access religious marriage (ceremonies conducted by religious organisations in places of worship), 47% agreed with allowing this whilst 39% disagreed.

 

70% of constituents thought that the Government should allow heterosexual couples to have a civil partnership.

 

Steve said:

 

“There has been quite a lot of fuss over Government plans to extend civil marriage to same-sex couples.

 

“I took the decision to consult a cross-section of my constituents on this important issue; to gauge the level of support for these reforms. I have had a phenomenal number of responses, which clearly reflects the sensitive nature of the issue.

 

“As well as asking constituents whether they were in favour, or opposed, to the idea of same-sex civil marriage; I was interested to know what the general view would be of a situation in which same-sex couples could continue to have access to a civil partnership; but heterosexual couples could not.

 

The results of my constituency-wide consultation, along with the findings of my Facebook poll and dialogue with religious and faith groups; will help inform my decision when a Bill comes before Parliament in the New Year.”

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