The government is being urged to address the continuing “blatant sexism” of marriage certificates, which currently ask for the names and professions of the fathers of the bride, and groom, but not that of the mothers.Pushed by campaigners last year, the prime minister promised he would address the issue, which he acknowledged did “not reflect modern Britain”. But 12 months on no action has been taken.
The Green party MP Caroline Lucas reopened the debate on Monday, tabling an early day motion urging David Cameron to reform the certificates, which have not changed since the beginning of the reign of Queen Victoria. “The government must act now to correct the blatant sexism of only having fathers’ details on marriage certificates,” said Lucas. “The prime minister has accepted that marriage certificates are discriminatory – yet his government has been unforgivably slow to act on this issue. It’s high time we end this institutional inequality and update marriage certificates to be fit for modern society.”