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(3) If the protected marriage is a foreign marriage—

(a) the continuity of the marriage continues by virtue of
subsection (2) notwithstanding any impediment under the
proper law of the marriage;

(b) 5the proper law of the marriage is not affected by its
continuation by virtue of subsection (2).

(4) In this section—

Registration

10 (1) 20Section 10 (registration): after subsection (1) insert—

(1A) Where a full gender recognition certificate is issued to a person who
is a party to—

(a) a marriage under the law of England and Wales, or

(b) a civil partnership under that law,

25the Secretary of State must send a copy of the certificate to the
Registrar General for England and Wales..

(2) Schedule 3 (registration), Part 1 (England and Wales): at end insert—

Registration of marriages and civil partnerships

11A (1) The Registrar General may make regulations about—

(a) 30the registration of qualifying marriages, and

(b) the registration of qualifying civil partnerships.

(2) The regulations may, in particular, provide for the maintenance
of—

(a) a separate register in relation to qualifying marriages, and

(b) 35a separate register in relation to qualifying civil
partnerships.

(3) In this paragraph—

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Change in gender of civil partners

11 After section 11A (inserted by paragraph 9) insert—

11B Change in gender of civil partners

The continuity of a civil partnership is not affected by the issuing of
5full gender recognition certificates (by virtue of section 4(2)(c)) to
both civil partners..

Foreign gender change and marriage

12 Section 21 (foreign gender change and marriage)—

(a) after subsection (1) insert—

(1A) 10Subsections (2) to (5) apply only in Scotland and Northern
Ireland.;

(b) subsection (2): for “Accordingly,” substitute “In accordance with
subsection (1),”.

Prohibition on disclosure of information

13 15Section 22 (prohibition on disclosure of information), subsection (2)(a): after
“section” insert “4A,”.

Interpretation

14 Section 25 (interpretation)—

(a) after the definition of “Gender Recognition Panel” insert—

(b) after the definition of “registered psychologist” insert—

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Section 13

SCHEDULE 6 Marriage overseas

Part 1 Consular marriage under UK law

5Provision for consular marriage

1 (1) Her Majesty may by Order in Council make provision for two people to
marry each other—

(a) in prescribed countries or territories outside the United Kingdom,
and

(b) 10in the presence of a registration officer,

in cases where the officer is satisfied that the conditions in sub-paragraph (2)
are met.

(2) The conditions are that—

(a) at least one of the people proposing to marry is a United Kingdom
15national,

(b) the people proposing to marry would have been eligible to marry
each other in such part of the United Kingdom as is determined in
accordance with the Order,

(c) the authorities of the country or territory in which it is proposed that
20they marry will not object to the marriage, and

(d) insufficient facilities exist for them to enter into a marriage under the
law of that country or territory.

Refusal by registration officer

2 (1) A registration officer is not required to allow two people to marry each other
25if the registration officer’s opinion is that a marriage between them would
be inconsistent with international law or the comity of nations.

(2) An Order in Council under this Part of this Schedule may make provision
for appeals against a refusal, in reliance on sub-paragraph (1), to allow two
people to marry each other.

30No religious service

3 No religious service is to be used at the solemnization of a consular
marriage.

Treatment of marriage as taking place in part of UK for certain purposes

4 An Order in Council under this Part of this Schedule may provide that two
35people who marry in a consular marriage are to be treated for prescribed
purposes as if they had married in the relevant part of the United Kingdom.

Validity of consular marriage

5 A consular marriage is valid in law as if the marriage had been solemnized
in the relevant part of the United Kingdom with a due observance of all
40forms required by the law of the relevant part of the United Kingdom.

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Interpretation

6 In this Part of this Schedule—

Part 2 Marriage under foreign law: certificates of no impediment

Provision for certificates of no impediment

7 (1) 20Her Majesty may by Order in Council make provision for the issue of
certificates of no impediment to—

(a) United Kingdom nationals, and

(b) such other persons as may be prescribed,

who wish to marry in prescribed countries or territories outside the United
25Kingdom.

(2) A certificate of no impediment is a certificate that no legal impediment to the
recipient entering into the marriage has been shown to the person issuing
the certificate to exist.

Part 3 30Marriage of forces personnel under UK law

Provision for marriage of armed forces personnel

8 (1) Her Majesty may by Order in Council make provision for—

(a) a man and a woman to marry each other in any country or territory
outside the United Kingdom, and

(b) 35for a same sex couple to marry in prescribed countries or territories
outside the United Kingdom,

in the presence of an authorised person, in cases where the authorised
person is satisfied that the conditions in sub-paragraph (2) are met.

(2) The conditions are that—

(a) 40at least one of the people proposing to marry is—

(i) a member of Her Majesty’s forces serving in the country or
territory in which it is proposed that they marry,

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(ii) a relevant civilian who is employed in that country or
territory, or

(iii) a child of a person falling within sub-paragraph (i) or (ii)
whose home is with that person in that country or territory,
5and

(b) the people proposing to marry would have been eligible to marry
each other in such part of the United Kingdom as is determined in
accordance with the Order.

(3) In a case where one person (“P”) treats, or has treated, another person (“C”),
10as a child of the family in relation to—

(a) a marriage to which P is or was a party, or

(b) a civil partnership to which P is or was a party,

C is to be regarded for the purposes of sub-paragraph (2)(a)(iii) as the child
of P.

15Religious services at forces marriages of same sex couples

9 (1) An Order in Council under this Part of this Schedule may make provision
about the solemnization of forces marriages of same sex couples according
to religious rites and usages.

(2) That includes provision—

(a) 20prohibiting the solemnization of such marriages according to
particular religious rites or usages;

(b) as to consent to the solemnization of such marriages—

(i) according to particular religious rites or usages, or

(ii) on particular premises.

(3) 25This paragraph does not affect the provision that may be made about the
solemnization of forces marriages of opposite sex couples according to
religious rites and usages.

Treatment of marriage as taking place in part of UK for certain purposes

10 An Order in Council under this Part of this Schedule may provide that two
30people who marry in a forces marriage are to be treated for prescribed
purposes as if they had married in the relevant part of the United Kingdom.

Validity of forces marriage

11 A forces marriage is valid in law as if the marriage had been solemnized in
the relevant part of the United Kingdom with a due observance of all forms
35required by the law of the relevant part of the United Kingdom.

Interpretation

12 (1) In this Part of this Schedule—

(a) a reference to a country or territory includes a reference to the waters
of a country or territory;

(b) 40a reference to Her Majesty’s forces serving in a country or territory
includes a reference to such forces serving in a ship in the waters of
a country or territory;

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(c) a reference to a relevant civilian employed in a country or territory
includes a reference to such a civilian employed in a ship in the
waters of a country or territory.

(2) In this Part of this Schedule—

25Part 4 General provisions

Parliamentary scrutiny

13 No recommendation is to be made to Her Majesty in Council to make an
Order in Council under this Schedule unless a draft of the statutory
30instrument containing the Order in Council has been laid before, and
approved by a resolution of, each House of Parliament.

Particular kinds of provision

14 (1) An Order in Council under this Schedule may—

(a) make different provision for different purposes,

(b) 35make transitional, transitory or saving provision, or

(c) make consequential provision.

(2) An Order in Council under this Schedule may make provision
corresponding to, or applying (with or without modifications), any UK
legislation.

(3) 40An Order in Council under this Schedule may amend, repeal or revoke UK
legislation.

Interpretation

15 In this Schedule—

Section 14

SCHEDULE 7 Transitional and consequential provision etc

10Part 1 Transitional and transitory provision

Approval of premises for civil weddings

1 (1) The approved premises regulations, and any related guidance, that are in
force immediately before commencement have effect after commencement
15in relation to marriage in pursuance of section 26(1)(bb) of the Marriage Act
1949 as amended by this Act.

(2) Any approval of premises under those regulations that is in force
immediately before commencement has effect after commencement in
relation to marriage in pursuance of section 26(1)(bb) of the Marriage Act
201949 as amended by this Act.

(3) Any application for approval of premises made under approved premises
regulations before commencement continues to have effect after
commencement as an application for the approval of the premises for the
purposes of marriage in pursuance of section 26(1)(bb) of the Marriage Act
251949 as amended by this Act.

(4) In this paragraph—

Part 2 Minor and consequential amendments

Marriage Act 1949 (c. 76)Marriage Act 1949 (c. 76)

2 35The Marriage Act 1949 is amended as follows.

3 Section 3 (marriages of persons under 18), subsection (1): after “widow”
insert “or a surviving civil partner”.

4 Section 27A (additional information required in certain cases), subsection
(1): after “section 26(1)(dd)” insert “or 26B(6)”.

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5 After section 27C insert—

27D Additional information required for certain marriages of same sex
couples

(1) This section applies in relation to any marriage intended to be
5solemnized in pursuance of section 26B(2), (4) or (6) (marriage of
same sex couples: Quaker marriage, Jewish marriage, marriage of
house-bound or detained person).

(2) The superintendent registrar to whom notice of such a marriage is
given under section 27 may require the relevant governing authority
10to provide a copy of the consent mentioned in section 26B(2)(b),
(4)(b) or (6)(d).

(3) In this section, “relevant governing authority”, in relation to an
intended marriage under section 26B(2), (4) or (6), has the same
meaning as in that provision..

6 (1) 15Section 28A (power to require evidence) is amended in accordance with this
paragraph.

(2) After subsection (1) insert—

(1A) In the case of an intended marriage to which section 27D applies, the
superintendent registrar to whom the notice of the marriage is given
20may require the relevant governing authority to produce evidence
relating to the consent mentioned in section 26B(2)(b), (4)(b) or
(6)(d)..

(3) Subsection (2): for “Such a requirement” substitute “A requirement under
subsection (1) or (1A)”.

7 (1) 25Section 41 (registration of buildings) is amended in accordance with this
paragraph.

(2) The title: at the end insert “: marriage of a man and a woman”.

(3) After subsection (1) insert—

(1A) A reference in this section to the solemnization of marriage is a
30reference to the solemnization of marriage of a man and a woman..

8 (1) Section 42 (cancellation of registration and substitution of another building)
is amended in accordance with this paragraph.

(2) For the title substitute: “Cancellation of registration under section 41:
building no longer used
”.

(3) 35Subsection (1): for “registered building” substitute “building registered
under section 41”.

9 (1) Section 43 (appointment of authorised persons) is amended in accordance
with this paragraph.

(2) For the title substitute “Buildings registered under section 41: appointment
40of authorised persons
”.

(3) Subsection (1): for “registered building” (in each place) substitute “building
registered under section 41”.

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(4) For the proviso to subsection (1) substitute—

(1A) The power conferred by this section may only be exercised after the
end of the relevant one year period (and, if that period has ended
before the date of the registration under section 41, the power may
5accordingly be exercised immediately).

(1B) The relevant one year period is the period of one year beginning with
the date of the registration of the building under section 41 (the “new
registration”).

(1C) But if—

(a) 10there is any earlier registration of the building under section
43A which is still in force at the date of the new registration,
or

(b) there has been any earlier qualifying registration of a
previous building,

15the relevant one year period is the period of one year beginning with
the date of that registration (or the earlier of those dates).

(1D) For that purpose there is a qualifying registration of a previous
building if—

(a) the congregation on whose behalf the new registration is
20made previously used another building for the purpose of
public religious worship,

(b) that building was registered under section 41 or 43A, and

(c) that registration was cancelled not more than one month
before the date of the new registration..

(5) 25Omit subsection (2).

10 Section 44 (solemnization of marriage in registered building), subsection
(2)(b): for “the last foregoing section” substitute “section 43 (in the case of the
marriage of a man and a woman), or section 43B (in the case of the marriage
of a same sex couple),”.

11 30Section 45A (solemnization of certain marriages), subsection (1): after
“section 26(1)(dd)” insert “or 26B(6)”.

12 (1) Section 46 (register office marriage followed by religious ceremony) is
amended in accordance with this paragraph.

(2) Subsection (1): for “marriage solemnised in the presence of a superintendent
35registrar” substitute “relevant marriage”.

(3) After subsection (1) insert—

(1A) In this section “relevant marriage” means—

(a) the marriage of a man and a woman solemnized in the
presence of a superintendent registrar,

(b) 40the marriage of a same sex couple solemnized in the presence
of a superintendent registrar, and

(c) a marriage which arises from the conversion of a civil
partnership under regulations under section 9 of the
Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act 2013.

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(1B) This section does not authorise the marriage service of the Church of
England to be read or celebrated in the case of a relevant marriage of
a same sex couple.

(1C) This section does not authorise any other marriage service to be read
5or celebrated in the case of a relevant marriage of a same sex couple
unless the relevant governing authority has given written consent to
the reading or celebration of that service in the case of such
marriages.

(1D) For that purpose—

13 Section 48 (proof of certain matters not necessary to validity of marriages),
subsection (1)—

(a) paragraph (d): omit “or”;

(b) 20after paragraph (d) insert—

(da) that, in the case of a marriage under section 26B(2), (4)
or (6), the relevant governing authority had given
consent as mentioned in section 26B(2)(b), (4)(b) or
(6)(d);;

(c) 25at the end of paragraph (3) insert or

(ea) that, in the case of a marriage under section 26A, the
relevant governing authority had given consent as
mentioned in section 26A(3);.

14 Section 53, paragraph (c): for the words from “religion” to the end substitute
30“religion—

(i) where the parties to the marriage are both
members of the same synagogue, the marriage
shall be registered by the secretary of that
synagogue; and

(ii) 35where the parties to the marriage are members of
different synagogues, the marriage shall be
registered by the secretary of whichever of those
synagogues the parties to the marriage nominate;.

15 Section 69 (licensing of chapels for marriages according to rites of Church of
40England), subsection (5): for “authorised persons” substitute “persons
authorised under section 43”.

16 Section 70 (registration of chapels for marriages otherwise than according to
rites of Church of England), subsection (1), paragraphs (a) and (b): for
“registered building” substitute “building registered under section 41”.

17 (1) 45Section 75 (offences relating to solemnization of marriages) is amended in
accordance with this paragraph.

(2) Subsection (2)(bb): after “section 26(1)(dd)” insert “or 26B(6)”.

(3) Subsection (3)(d): after “(dd)” insert “or 26B(6)”.

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