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A recent poll carried out by ComRes, on behalf of the Coalition for Marriage, has found that 56% of MPs polled across all parties believe that the Government's proposal to legalise same-sex marriage will be implemented, reports the Telegraph. The survey also found that only 41% of Conservative MPs polled believe the proposals will succeed.

The Government launched a consultation in March which proposed to remove the ban on same-sex couples having a civil marriage. The consultation covers civil marriage only i.e. only civil marriage ceremonies in a register office or other approved premises (like a hotel), and does not propose any changes to religious marriage, which would continue to only be legally possible between a man and a woman.

The Government's consultation closes on 14th June 2012.

The Court of Appeal has ruled that the division of assets in a civil partnership 'divorce' should be treated in a similar way to those in a heterosexual divorce, reports the Telegraph.

The case concerned the ending of a civil partnership between Mr Lawrence, an equity analyst, and Mr Gallagher, an actor. The couple had lived together since 1997 and entered into a civil partnership in 2007, but broke up several months later.

The couple had joint assets worth around £4 million, but the majority of their income had come from Mr Lawrence, while Mr Gallagher had taken more of a 'home making' role, in addition to his acting. The couple had two properties, including a London flat that Mr Lawrence had bought before the couple got together.

After their separation, a judge awarded Mr Gallagher assets worth around £1.7 million, however Mr Lawrence argued that this was too big a share. According to the Telegraph, the Court of Appeal agreed and ruled that the value of the settlement be reduced in recognition of the original value of the London property.

The government has launched a consultation on how to lift the ban on same-sex couples marrying in a civil ceremony.

Stonewall, the lesbian, gay and bisexual charity, has published a draft parliamentary bill for extending the legal form of marriage to gay people. The Bill outlines the legislative steps necessary to give effect to a policy now supported by the main political party leaders.