TUC calls on MPs not to exempt public officials from recognising equal marriage

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date: 20 May 2013

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As amendments to the Equal Marriage Bill are discussed in parliament today (Monday), the TUC has called on MPs not to exempt public officials from recognising equal marriage.

TUC General Secretary Frances O'Grady said: 'Amendments have been tabled to exempt teachers and others in public roles from supporting equal marriage. If MPs vote to accept this, it would undermine many of the positive aspects of the Bill.

'Members should focus instead on supporting amendments that will allow same sex couples in occupational pension schemes to be given the same rights as everybody else, as well as making civil partnerships available for straight couples.

'Voting these measures through would strike a real blow for equality.'


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