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Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act 2013


This is the original version (as it was originally enacted).

  1. Introductory Text

  2. 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

  3. 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.Marriage according to the usages of belief organisations

    4. 15.Review of civil partnership

    5. 16.Survivor benefits under occupational pension schemes

  4. PART 3 Final provisions

    1. 17.Transitional and consequential provision

    2. 18.Orders and regulations

    3. 19.Interpretation

    4. 20.Extent

    5. 21.Short title and commencement


    1. SCHEDULE 1

      Registration of buildings etc

      1. 1.Introduction

      2. 2.Registration of buildings

      3. 3.Shared buildings

    2. SCHEDULE 2

      Extra-territorial matters

      1. PART 1 English and Welsh marriages of same sex couples: treatment in Scotland and Northern Ireland

        1. 1.Scotland

        2. 2.Northern Ireland

        3. 3.Contrary provision

      2. PART 2 Marriage treated as civil partnership: dissolution, annulment or separation

        1. 4.Order made in relation to civil partnership: validity in relation to marriage

      3. PART 3 England and Wales: “overseas relationships” in Civil Partnership Act 2004

        1. 5.Marriage not an “overseas relationship” in England and Wales

    3. SCHEDULE 3

      Interpretation of legislation

      1. PART 1 Existing England and Wales legislation

        1. 1.Interpretation of existing England and Wales legislation

        2. 2.Interpretation of legislation about couples living together as if married

        3. 3.(1) This paragraph applies to existing England and Wales legislation...

        4. 4.General

      2. PART 2 New England and Wales legislation

        1. 5.(1) This paragraph applies to provision made by—

    4. SCHEDULE 4

      Effect of extension of marriage: further provision

      1. PART 1 Private legal instruments

        1. 1.Existing instruments

      2. PART 2 Presumption on birth of child to married woman

        1. 2.Common law presumption

      3. PART 3 Divorce and annulment of marriage

        1. 3.Divorce

        2. 4.Annulment of marriage

      4. PART 4 Matrimonial proceedings

        1. 5.Amendment of the Domicile and Matrimonial Proceedings Act 1973

        2. 6.(1) Section 5 (jurisdiction of High Court and county courts)...

        3. 7.Section 6 (miscellaneous amendments, transitional provision and savings), subsection (3):...

        4. 8.Before Schedule 1 insert— SCHEDULE A1 Jurisdiction in relation to...

        5. 9.Schedule 1 (staying of matrimonial proceedings in England and Wales:...

        6. 10.Transitory provision until commencement of Presumption of Death Act 2013

      5. PART 5 State pensions

        1. 11.Category B retirement pension for married person

        2. 12.Category B retirement pension for widows and widowers

        3. 13.Category B retirement pension for widowers

        4. 14.Graduated retirement benefit

        5. 15.Adult dependency increases

        6. 16.Converted civil partnerships

      6. PART 6 Occupational pensions and survivor benefits

        1. 17.Benefits dependent on marriage of same sex couples

        2. 18.Pension Schemes Act 1993

        3. 19.In section 8(2) (meaning of certain terms), in the definition...

        4. 20.(1) Section 17 (minimum pensions for widows and widowers) is...

        5. 21.(1) Section 24D (survivors’ benefits) is amended as follows.

        6. 22.(1) Section 37 (alteration of rules of contracted-out schemes) is...

        7. 23.Before section 39 insert— Regulations about relevant gender change cases...

        8. 24.In section 47 (further provisions about effect of entitlement to...

        9. 25.In section 84 (basis of revaluation), in subsection (5), after...

        10. 26.In Schedule 3 (methods of revaluing accrued pension benefits), in...

      7. PART 7 Provisions which limit equivalence of all marriages etc

        1. 27.Contrary provision

    5. SCHEDULE 5

      Change of gender of married persons or civil partners

      1. PART 1 Applications by married persons and civil partners

        1. 1.Introduction

        2. 2.Evidence

        3. 3.Successful applications

        4. 4.Issue of full certificate after interim certificate: applicant married

        5. 5.Applications by both civil partners

        6. 6.Errors in certificates

        7. 7.Applications: supplementary

        8. 8.Appeals etc

        9. 9.Registration

        10. 10.Change in gender of party to marriage

        11. 11.Change in gender of civil partners

        12. 12.Foreign gender change and marriage

        13. 13.Prohibition on disclosure of information

        14. 14.Interpretation

      2. PART 2 Alternative grounds for granting applications for gender recognition certificates

        1. 15.Introduction

        2. 16.Alternative grounds for granting applications

        3. 17.After section 3 insert— Alternative grounds for granting applications (1) This section applies to an application under section 1(1)(a)...

        4. 18.Evidence for granting applications on alternative grounds

        5. 19.After section 3A (inserted by paragraph 17) insert— Evidence for...

        6. 20.Membership of Panels determining applications on alternative grounds

    6. SCHEDULE 6

      Marriage overseas

      1. PART 1 Consular marriage under UK law

        1. 1.Provision for consular marriage

        2. 2.Refusal by registration officer

        3. 3.No religious service

        4. 4.Treatment of marriage as taking place in part of UK for certain purposes

        5. 5.Validity of consular marriage

        6. 6.Interpretation

      2. PART 2 Marriage under foreign law: certificates of no impediment

        1. 7.Provision for certificates of no impediment

      3. PART 3 Marriage of forces personnel under UK law

        1. 8.Provision for marriage of armed forces personnel

        2. 9.Religious services at forces marriages of same sex couples

        3. 10.Treatment of marriage as taking place in part of UK for certain purposes

        4. 11.Validity of forces marriage

        5. 12.Interpretation

      4. PART 4 General provisions

        1. 13.Parliamentary scrutiny

        2. 14.Particular kinds of provision

        3. 15.Interpretation

    7. SCHEDULE 7

      Transitional and consequential provision etc

      1. PART 1 Transitional and transitory provision

        1. 1.Approval of premises for civil weddings

      2. PART 2 Minor and consequential amendments

        1. 2.Marriage Act 1949 (c. 76)

        2. 3.Section 3 (marriages of persons under 18), subsection (1): after...

        3. 4.(1) Section 25 (void marriages) is amended as follows.

        4. 5.Section 27A (additional information required in certain cases), subsection (1):...

        5. 6.After section 27C insert— Additional information required for certain marriages...

        6. 7.(1) Section 28A (power to require evidence) is amended in...

        7. 8.(1) Section 41 (registration of buildings) is amended in accordance...

        8. 9.(1) Section 42 (cancellation of registration and substitution of another...

        9. 10.(1) Section 43 (appointment of authorised persons) is amended in...

        10. 11.Section 44 (solemnization of marriage in registered building), subsection (2)(b):...

        11. 12.Section 45A (solemnization of certain marriages), subsection (1): after “section...

        12. 13.(1) Section 46 (register office marriage followed by religious ceremony)...

        13. 14.Section 48 (proof of certain matters not necessary to validity...

        14. 15.After section 49 insert— Void marriages: additional provision about same...

        15. 16.Section 53, paragraph (c): for the words from “religion” to...

        16. 17.Section 69 (licensing of chapels for marriages according to rites...

        17. 18.Section 70 (registration of chapels for marriages otherwise than according...

        18. 19.(1) Section 75 (offences relating to solemnization of marriages) is...

        19. 20.(1) Section 78 (interpretation) is amended in accordance with this...

        20. 21.(1) Schedule 4 (provisions of Act which are excluded or...

        21. 22.Marriage (Registrar General’s Licence) Act 1970

        22. 23.Section 1 (marriages which may be solemnized by Registrar General’s...

        23. 24.Section 2 (notice of marriage), after subsection (3) insert—

        24. 25.After section 13 insert— Void marriages: additional provision about same...

        25. 26.Matrimonial Causes Act 1973 (c. 18)

        26. 27.Section 11 (grounds on which a marriage is void): omit...

        27. 28.Public Order Act 1986 (c. 64)

        28. 29.Social Security Contributions and Benefits Act 1992 (c. 4)

        29. 30.Section 48 (use of former spouse’s or civil partner’s contributions):...

        30. 31.Pension Schemes Act 1993 (c. 48)

        31. 32.Section 99 (trustees’ duties after exercise of option), subsection (3)(b):...

        32. 33.Civil Partnership Act 2004 (c. 33)

        33. 34.Section 1 (civil partnership), subsection (3)— (a) after “only” insert...

        34. 35.Section 4 (parental etc consent where proposed civil partner under...

        35. 36.Section 210 (registration at British consulates etc), subsection (6), paragraph...

        36. 37.Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 2008 (c. 22)

        37. 38.(1) Section 35 (woman married at time of treatment) is...

        38. 39.Section 40 (embryo transferred after death of husband etc who...

        39. 40.(1) Section 42 (woman in civil partnership at time of...

        40. 41.(1) Section 46 (embryo transferred after death of civil partner...

        41. 42.Equality Act 2010 (c. 15)

        42. 43.(1) Section 23 (comparison by reference to circumstances) is amended...

        43. 44.Schedule 3 (services and public functions: exceptions): for the title...

        44. 45.Schedule 9 (work: exceptions), Part 1 (occupational requirements), paragraph 2...

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