Marriage is what a couple makes of it | Letters

Guardian readers reflect on marriage and its meaning, past and presentArwa Mahdawi (G2, 20 November) is right that a marriage certificate requires the fathers’ names, while a civil partnership certificate requires both parents’ names, and it’s high time this was changed. But other than that, there is no perceptible difference between a civil partnership and a civil (ie non-religious) marriage. The rules for the ceremony are the same, and the requirements (and forms) for dissolution of the marriage or partnership are the same. What couples make of the ceremony or the partnership varies enormously. When a couple in a civil partnership decides to marry, they have the same choice of venue, and use the same format, as they did in their civil partnership. It seems like an issue over language.

Judith Fage

London

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