Explanatory notes to the Bill, prepared by the Government Equalities Office, are
published separately as Bill 3—EN.
EUROPEAN CONVENTION ON HUMAN RIGHTS
Secretary Maria Miller has made the following statement under section 19(1)(a) of the
Human Rights Act 1998:
In my view the provisions of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill are compatible
with the Convention rights.
Marriage of same sex couples in England and Wales
Extension of marriage
Part 3 of the Marriage Act 1949
Part 5 of the Marriage Act 1949
The Marriage (Registrar General’s Licence) Act 1970
The Church in Wales
Other provisions relating to marriages of same sex couples
Effect of extension of marriage
Other provisions relating to marriage and civil partnership