David Cameron answered a question on #MothersOnMarriageCerts at #PMQs & other updates
Dec 8, 2015 — Thank you to everyone who wrote to their MP asking them to support the Early Day Motion tabled by Caroline Lucas in support of #MothersOnMarriageCerts.
There are now 112 MPs who have signed this motion - see http://www.parliament.uk/edm/2015-16/446
This pressure and the surrounding publicity has lead to David Cameron stating in the House of Commons 'my understanding is that proposals for that legislation have gone to the relevant committee in Government'. See the video from Prime Minister's Questions in the below link.
I have asked my MP, Steve Brine, to find out some more details.
There will be a debate on this topic in Westminster Hall on Tuesday 8 December at 14:30 lead by Caroline Spellman MP. This can be watched live or on catchup at http://www.parliamentlive.tv/Event/Index/a356a26a-8f5c-4fe9-a65f-eb64b87b5ee4.
Maria Miller – Chair of the Women & Equalities Select Committee has assured me via letter that ‘there is support across the Government for changing this outdated system’.
In a written answer to Parliament, James Brokenshire, Home Office Minister said 'The Home Office is working with all interested parties to confirm the most efficient and effective way to enable mothers' names to be recorded on marriage certificates.
A civil registrar commented below the last update to say:
‘We have been told by our bosses that the matter IS going forward - no question about it - and the only question is how it will be done, which is being worked on at the moment by civil servants in charge of this area. This would have implications for churches, which also use marriage registers, and they of course would need to be consulted before anything was confirmed. All I know is that we've been told that change will happen to enable the inclusion of mother's details. But no-one knows what yet.’
Having won the argument with the politicians it is now crucial that we ensure that the Church of England and other religious bodies who conduct marriages are in support of #MothersOnMarriageCerts.
What can you now do to help?
Since the majority of religious marriages are conducted in Church of England churches and given the unique relationship between the Church of England and the State I would like you to contact the Church of England via firstname.lastname@example.org or tweet them @c_of_e to explain why #MothersOnMarriageCerts matters to you.
Join me on twitter @nameequality and use #MothersOnMarriageCerts