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British Academy gay marriage debate

britishacademy'Gay marriage: prospects and realities' is a one-off discussion and debate taking place on Tuesday 29 May at the British Academy (10-11 Carlton House Terrace, London SW1Y 5AH). It will take place from 6-7.30pm, and will be followed by a drinks reception. The event will be hosted by Diarmaid MacCulloch, presenter of BBC 2’s How God Made The English, and participants will include Dr Giles Fraser (former Canon Chancellor of St Paul’s Cathedral), Professor Leslie Green (Professor of the Philosophy of Law, University of Oxford) and Melanie McDonagh (journalist and leader writer for the London Evening Standard).
“Civil partnerships became part of the UK’s social landscape in 2004. Now, with the likelihood that Parliament will pass legislation to give same-sex marriage equal status with longstanding British patterns of heterosexual marriage, this British Academy panel discussion sets out to explore some of the deeper implications. It’s a topic that is clearly dividing public opinion, but what insights and conclusions can we draw from considered theological, philosophical and legal reflections on the reasons behind this striking shift in British society? And what implications does it have for our society in the future?”
The Government’s public consultation on ‘Equal civil marriage’, launched in March, closes on 14 June 2012, and an Academy spokesperson says that the outcomes of the panel discussion will be fed into that consultation.
Entry to the event is free, but you must register to attend – see here for more details ­– http://ols.britac.ac.uk/multievents/displayEvent.asp?Type=Full&Code=SS120027

Posted: 17 May 2012

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