Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill (HL Bill 34)

EXPLANATORY NOTES

Explanatory notes to the Bill, prepared by the Government Equalities Office, are
published separately as HL Bill 29—EN.

EUROPEAN CONVENTION ON HUMAN RIGHTS

Baroness Stowell of Beeston 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.

Contents

  1. Part 1

    Marriage of same sex couples in England and Wales

    1. Extension of marriage

      1. 1. Extension of marriage to same sex couples

    2. Religious protection

      1. 2. Marriage according to religious rites: no compulsion to solemnize etc

    3. Part 3 of the Marriage Act 1949

      1. 3. Marriage for which no opt-in necessary

      2. 4. Opt-in: marriage in places of worship

      3. 5. Opt-in: other religious ceremonies

    4. Part 5 of the Marriage Act 1949

      1. 6. Armed forces chapels

    5. The Marriage (Registrar General’s Licence) Act 1970

      1. 7. Opt-in: “deathbed marriages”

    6. The Church in Wales

      1. 8. Power to allow for marriage of same sex couples in Church in Wales

    7. Other provisions relating to marriages of same sex couples

      1. 9. Conversion of civil partnership into marriage

      2. 10. Extra-territorial matters

    8. Effect of extension of marriage

      1. 11. Effect of extension of marriage

  2. Part 2

    Other provisions relating to marriage and civil partnership

    1. 12. Change of gender of married persons or civil partners

    2. 13. Marriage overseas

    3. 14. Review of civil partnership

  3. Part 3

    Final provisions

    1. 15. Transitional and consequential provision

    2. 16. Orders and regulations

    3. 17. Interpretation

    4. 18. Extent

    5. 19. Short title and commencement

    1. Schedule 1

      Registration of buildings etc

    2. Schedule 2

      Extra-territorial matters

      1. Part 1

        English & Welsh marriages of same sex couples: treatment in
        Scotland and Northern Ireland

      2. Part 2

        Marriage treated as civil partnership: dissolution, annulment
        or separation

      3. Part 3

        England and Wales: “overseas relationships” in Civil
        Partnership Act 2004

    3. Schedule 3

      Interpretation of legislation

      1. Part 1

        Existing England and Wales legislation

      2. Part 2

        New England and Wales legislation

    4. Schedule 4

      Effect of extension of marriage: further provision

      1. Part 1

        Private legal instruments

      2. Part 2

        Presumption on birth of child to married woman

      3. Part 3

        Divorce and annulment of marriage

      4. Part 4

        Matrimonial proceedings

      5. Part 5

        State pensions

      6. Part 6

        Occupational pensions and survivor benefits

      7. Part 7

        General

    5. Schedule 5

      Change of gender of married persons or civil partners

    6. Schedule 6

      Marriage overseas

      1. Part 1

        Consular marriage under UK law

      2. Part 2

        Marriage under foreign law: certificates of no impediment

      3. Part 3

        Marriage of forces personnel under UK law

      4. Part 4

        General provisions

    7. Schedule 7

      Transitional and consequential provision etc

      1. Part 1

        Transitional and transitory provision

      2. Part 2

        Minor and consequential amendments