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The Royal College of Psychiatrists Improving the lives of people with mental illness

College responds to Equal Civil Marriage consultation

Embargoed until 14 June 2012

The Royal College of Psychiatrists has submitted its response to the UK Home Office’s consultation on Equal Civil Marriage.


The College supports the government’s proposals enabling all couples, regardless of their gender, to have a civil marriage ceremony. In the consultation response, the College states that the ‘minority stress’ experienced by lesbian, gay and bisexual (LGB) people is an important factor in their health disadvantage.


The consultation response goes on to say: "Although the introduction of civil partnerships / unions in many western countries has gone a long way to reduce inequality, marriage equality could reduce the discrimination and stress suffered by LGB persons, and lead to greater social inclusion and improved health."


The response was prepared by the College’s Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual Mental Health Special Interest Group and approved by the Central Policy Committee of the College.

For further information, please contact:
Anne Ochola or Deborah Hart in the Communications Department.

Telephone: 0203 701 2544, 0203 701 2538 or 0777 623 7145


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