“When the marriage license is given it becomes a document that you can’t legally change, so it is a license that is only valid for that marriage.
We have had people have changed marriages because they thought they could change their marriage, they thought the marriage licenses were valid for both of them, but it has now been changed to the opposite sex.”
The Marriage License Act 2014 states that: “Any person who, in the course of committing an act which constitutes or could constitute an offence under the laws of the State, commits any of the following acts, commits an offence against the laws or regulations of the Commonwealth or of a State or Territory, or who is in any other way guilty of an offence in respect of any such act shall be liable on summary conviction to imprisonment for not more than six months or a fine of not more the amount of the damages sustained by him or her, or both.”
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A number of legal experts and academics have argued that the current law on marriage does not provide for same-gender couples to marry.
They argue that this is a clear breach of equality and the Equality Act 2010.
However, some same-sexual couples have also argued that they have been treated unfairly in relation to marriage licenses because they have the same sex in their names.
This has prompted a number of petitions to be filed against the Marriage Licensing Act.
The current issue The petition, known as the ‘Rights and Responsibilities for Same-Sex Couples’ petition, was launched by Dr David A. Martin, a former professor at the University of Queensland, and Dr Jodi G. MacKinnon, an Associate Professor of Human Sexuality at the Women’s College, University of Western Australia.
Dr Martin and Dr MacKampons petition, which was signed by over 100 individuals and organisations, argues that marriage licenses for same sex couples are not legal in the United Kingdom because it is unconstitutional.
It says: “The Marriage Act of England and Wales (1972) and the Marriage Act 1996 were both passed with the intent of ensuring equality in relation both sexes and the rights and obligations of same- gender couples.”
This is because the Marriage Acts were passed in response to the landmark ruling in the 1967 Supreme Court case, McCutcheon v Virginia.
The ruling declared that state laws discriminating against gay men and lesbians were unconstitutional.
But because of the way the marriage laws were drafted, they also gave same- sex couples the right to marry in their name, if they could prove that they had not suffered discrimination in the past.
Dr A Martin said that the Marriage License Bill 2014 was a clear violation of equality, and that he was concerned about the impact on same- sexual couples who have been denied marriage licenses.
“It’s a clear, blatant attempt to disenfranchise same- or lesbian-specific marriage licenses,” Dr Martin said.
“There’s absolutely no justification for that in law.”
The petition also argues that the ‘marriage licenses’ for same or opposite sex couples do not provide equality, because they are only valid if the couple in question have the ‘same sex in the person’s name’.
The petition says that it is unlawful for same gender couples to get a marriage license if they do not share the same gender.
“Therefore, this situation cannot be regarded as a legal equality of marriage rights between same sex partners.” “
This petition was launched in April 2018, after a petition to the UK’s Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) for a consultation on the same- marriage issue was rejected by the Secretary of State for Culture and Media, James Brokenshire. “
Therefore, this situation cannot be regarded as a legal equality of marriage rights between same sex partners.”
This petition was launched in April 2018, after a petition to the UK’s Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) for a consultation on the same- marriage issue was rejected by the Secretary of State for Culture and Media, James Brokenshire.
DCMS argued that a consultation would not provide the necessary information, and asked that the petition be withdrawn.
In the months since, other petitions to the government have also been launched in the hope that same- and opposite-sex couples will be able to marry and be legally recognised.
This petition has received support from several same- LGBT organisations, including Equality Now.
“I think the most recent petition has been quite remarkable,” said Andrew Brown, the Executive Director of Equality Now, in a statement.
“As the petition itself says, the law does not recognise same- relationships, but we believe that marriage equality is still the law of the land in the eyes of the law, so we hope that it can be seen as the last straw in this debate and that the Government will listen to what is happening across the country