Forget being called husband and wife,gay rights group wants 'parties to marriage' in bill to legalize same-sex marriage
Gay rights activists are campaigning to have the words ‘husband’ and ‘wife’ erased from the statute book as part of a bill to legalise same-sex marriage.
Pressure group Stonewall yesterday released a draft bill, intended as a ‘model’ for the Marriage Bill due later this year, calling for spouses to be known as ‘parties to a marriage’ to avoid confusion for homosexual couples.
The move provoked protests from critics, who say the aim of a new law would be to destroy the traditional understanding of marriage.
Norman Wells, of the Family Education Trust, said: ‘The proposal to wipe the terms husband and wife out of the law at the stroke of a pen underlines the far-reaching implications of redefining marriage.’