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Mums will be able to sign their child’s marriage certificate after MPs agreed to change a law that said only dads could do it

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MOTHERS of the bride and the groom will finally be able to sign their marriage certificates after MPs agreed to change the law.

Since 1837, only dads have been allowed to endorse the legal record of their child’s happy day.

Mums will now be able to sign their child’s marriage certificate after MPs agreed to change the law
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But Tory MP Tim Loughton, who brought forward the Bill, told The Sun: “Finally we have equality.

“This change has been a long time coming — it has taken 20 months — but it is a really good piece of legislation after a pretty crummy week.”

Other reforms to the Civil Partnerships, Marriages and Deaths (Registration Etc) Bill mean non-gay couples will soon be able to have civil partnerships.

And babies who are stillborn before 24 weeks can be registered for the first time.


Shadow Home Office minister Karen Lee backed the changes and said last night: “My sister had a baby who was stillborn and I know first-hand just how traumatic it is.

“People think because you didn’t know that baby it’s somehow different but it’s really not.”

All that is needed now for the amendments to be made law is the royal assent.

Under the Bill non-gay couples will be allowed to have civil partnerships
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