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New Clause 3 — Conscientious objection: transitional arrangments

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions – in the House of Commons at 7:00 pm on 20th May 2013.

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‘(1) No person shall be under any duty, whether by contract or by statutory or other legal requirement, to conduct a marriage to which he has a conscientious objection if he is employed as a registrar of marriages on the date this Act comes in force.

(2) For the purposes of this section, a “conscientious objection” exists where the refusal to conduct a marriage is only that it concerns a same sex couple, and is based on the person’s sincerely held religious or other beliefs.

(3) This section is without prejudice to the duty of a registration authority to ensure that there is a sufficient number of registrars and superintendent registrars in that area to carry out the required functions.

(4) In any legal proceedings the burden of proof of conscientious objection shall rest on the person claiming to rely on it.’.— (Mr Burrowes.)

Brought up, and read the First time.

Question put, That the clause be read a Second time:—

The House proceeded to a Division.