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Marriage and civil partnership in Northern Ireland: a changing legal landscape

Cranmer, Frank and Thompson, Sharon ORCID: 2018. Marriage and civil partnership in Northern Ireland: a changing legal landscape. Child and Family Law Quarterly 30 (3) , pp. 301-320.

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This article seeks to provide a comprehensive overview of the changing legal landscape of marriage and civil partnership law in Northern Ireland. It looks at three specific areas: first, marriage law pursuant to the Marriage (Northern Ireland) Order 2003; second, the Northern Irish context of the Civil Partnership Act 2004 coupled with the ongoing debate over Northern Ireland’s failure to introduce same sex marriage; and third, the absence of any facility for belief/humanist weddings that has only very recently been resolved. It is argued that the influence of Northern Irish religious beliefs and culture has resulted, overall, in a legal landscape that is out of step with the rest of the United Kingdom, most notably in its refusal to introduce same sex marriage. Paradoxically, however, the authors conclude that in other respects the law of England and Wales remains antiquated in comparison with that of Northern Ireland, where marriage law has been radically reformed in the last 15 years.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Cardiff Law & Politics
Subjects: K Law > KD England and Wales
Publisher: Jordan Publishing
ISSN: 1358-8184
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 27 September 2018
Date of Acceptance: 20 July 2018
Last Modified: 13 Nov 2023 06:21

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