Bishop’s Bill calls on MPs to add mothers to marriage certificates


Speaking after the Lords passed the Bill, the Bishop of St Albans, Dr Alan Smith, said: “I am delighted that the House of Lords has backed this Bill, which now gives the House of Commons an opportunity to correct a clear and historic injustice.

“As someone who has performed hundreds of marriages, it has always seemed shocking to me that mothers are systematically overlooked.

“This injustice dates to 1837 when children were viewed as a father’s property and little consideration was given to women. In this centenary year of women’s suffrage it is time to make this long overdue change.

“I am pleased to have had the backing not only of Peers and many in the Church, but a huge number of others, including tens of thousands who have signed public petitions, campaigners for women’s equality, and even genealogists.

“MPs from all parties support the aims of this Bill. I hope and expect the Government to treat it as a legislative priority when it comes to the Commons in the autumn, and urge MPs  to give it their approval.”