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Organisations: Bar Standards Board
People: Baroness Deech


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Peer: Marriage is not clear in law

A LEADING family lawyer has said that English law no longer has a clear concept of marriage because of the changing nature of relationships and the introduction of legal rights for homosexual couples.

Baroness Deech, the chairman of the Bar Standards Board, claims the traditional Christian image of a lifelong union of man and woman is no longer accurate.

She claimed that human rights law could soon be used to legalise full homosexual “marriage” because the law may soon rule that it is discriminatory to ban gay people from marrying in the same way that heterosexual couples do. Baroness Deech said that differences between civil partnerships and marriages should be preserved.

She also criticised laws allowing lesbians to be named on birth certificates without mention of a father.

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