Caroline Lucas – 2016 Parliamentary Question to the Home Office

The below Parliamentary question was asked by Caroline Lucas on 2016-05-19.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether she plans to bring forward legislative proposals to provide for (a) mothers’ names to be added on marriage certificates and (b) a marriage registration system that takes account of different family circumstances where there may not be a mother and a father; and if she will make a statement.

James Brokenshire

The Marriage Registration Reform Bill, introduced by my Right Honourable Friend the Member for Meriden (Caroline Spelman) in the previous Parliamentary session, would have enabled the details of both parents of the couple to be included on the marriage certificate.

The Home Office is continuing to develop proposals that will allow mothers’ names to be recorded on marriage certificates.