Written evidence from Mr Eifion Dafydd [HAB0253]
The proposal, on first encounter, is strange and seems against normal logic or common sense. If we look at marriage as a contract, then the proposal, enacted, would result in a contract being formed even though both parties being contracted are not consenting to do so!
Is the proposal the same as saying you are married if you cohabit?
Would I be able to have an agreement (contract) with my cohabitee to avoid legislative requirements imposed by the proposal?
To address the root need of your proposal I would suggest:
1 Repealing anti-marriage laws recently enacted in the field of divorce etc.
2 Strengthen marriage law by tax incentives and other advantages.
3 Legislate media to promote marriage.
4 Promote married couples throughout society. For a start, how about MPs standing as a couple for each constituency!
The proposal would need legislation requiring registration of cohabitees (not otherwise married) such that the state can be clear about the nature of the relationship.