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As an irreligious person I actually have a little bit of sympathy for traditionalist churchgoers who see marriage exclusively as a union under God between man and woman. With all the Christian/religious connotations of marriage I think the answer may be to upgrade civil partnerships to full marital status under the law and to open up civil partnerships to heterosexual couples too. That way the churches could carry on with their religious marriages but they would no longer have legal status in secular society unless backed up by a lawful civil partnership. Just a thought. Just a talking point maybe?