Petition Update

Home Office "considering" - but we need to know when will this be done?

Ailsa Burkimsher Sadler
Eastleigh, United Kingdom

Jun 30, 2014 — I have a small amount of progress to report – which shows that the campaign is having an effect! Over 67,000 of you have now signed this petition.

The Home Office have replied to a written question submitted by Caroline Lucas MP:

Caroline Lucas: "To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will bring forward legislative proposals to allow mothers' names to be recorded on marriage certificates; if she will bring forward proposals to permit mothers' names to be retrospectively added to existing marriage certificates; and if she will make a statement."

Karen Bradley: "We are currently considering how the information contained in the marriage entry can be updated to include this, and to reflect changes since the coming into force of the Regulation of Marriages Regulations 1986, as well as the most suitable opportunity for doing so."

So whilst this may be a yes in principle to get #MothersOnMarriageCerts – the important question is when and will this be done before the General Election next May?

There are currently 99 MPs who have signed the Early Day Motion in support of this campaign. Look here> http://www.parliament.uk/edm/2014-15/27 to see if yours has.

I would love to get to over 100 MPs this week!

If your MP has not signed the Early Day Motion then please contact them- it's really easy using http://www.theyworkforyou.com/.

Please ask them to add their name to show their support and point out that whilst the Home Office are “considering this” there is no guarantee that this will be changed, no statement from the Government agreeing that this situation is unacceptable and crucially no timetable indicated.

As some MPs do not sign Early Day Motions by convention due to their positions in Government or Opposition or as they are opposed to this method of lobbying it is still important for this campaign to contact them and ask them whether they agree that it is unacceptable in 2014 for legal documents to request the details of men and not allow the details of women to be recorded.

Please continue to share the link change.org/nameequality with friends and family and urge them to join you in sending a clear message that it is not OK for mothers’ names to be omitted from marriage certificates when fathers’ names are requested.

Many thanks for your support,
Ailsa
@nameequality on Twitter