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Reforms to marriage registers announced
A campaign to include mothers’ names on marriage certificates has won the approval of the Prime Minister.
More than 70,000 people had signed an online petition, set up a little over a year ago by Ailsa Burkimsher Sadler.
She argued that the existing form made marriage look like “a business transaction between the father of the bride and the father of the groom.”
This week David Cameron acknowledged that marriage registers had not changed since the early part of Queen Victoria’s reign -150 years ago.
“At the moment, they require details of the couples’ fathers, but not their mothers,” he told an audience in London.
“This clearly doesn’t reflect modern Britain – and it’s high time the system was updated.
“So I have asked the Home Office to look at how we can address this.”
Ms Burkimsher Sadler, from Eastleigh, said she had been overwhelmed by the number of people who had backed her campaign and that she was “overjoyed” by the Prime Minister’s announcement.
A spokeswoman for the Home Office said: “We are currently considering a range of options that will help to bring this change into force.
“The replacement of all certificates held by local authorities, churches and other religious buildings is logistically complex and costly, and will require amendments to regulations and IT systems.”
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