Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act 2013 - Shared Buildings Regulations

Closed 1 Nov 2013

Opened 3 Oct 2013

Results updated 23 Jan 2014

The consultation paper 'The Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act 2013' Shared Buildings Regulations' is part of the implementation of the 2013 Act and was published on 3 October 2013.

The consultation sought views on the government's proposed approach to, and draft regulations for, the process for using religious buildings shared by more than  one religious organisation for marriages of same sex couples.  

The response summarises the Government's views after considering the responses to the consultation. 



The Consultation seeks views on draft Regulations which provide arrangements for the registration of shared religious buildings to solemnize marriages of same sex couples. 

Why your views matter

The Consultation seeks views on draft Regulations for registration of shared religious buildings for solemnization of marriages of same sex couples under the provisions of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act 2013.  Many churches and religious groups share premises and the Regulations enable shared buildings to be registered subject to all sharing groups' agreement.  The draft Regulations deal with formal sharing agreements under the Sharing of Church Buildings Act 1969 and where buildings are shared informally. They deal with when buildings become shared, when they cease to be shared and when the sharing religious groups change. 


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