Thank you for your email regarding the inclusion of mothers' names on marriage certificates.
I certainly agree that the absence of the mothers' name in a marriage register entry is outdated and that the names of both parents should be included. I understand that there’s wide-spread support for reforming this system and that the Home Office continues to work with all interested parties to consider the most efficient and effective way of achieving this.
Any change to the content of the marriage entry to include mothers' names would ideally also bring forward reform to how marriages are registered to introduce efficiencies and create a more secure system for the maintenance of marriage records. This would require changes to primary legislation. It’s also important to ensure that the marriage entry allows for all the different family circumstances in society both now and in the future. As family composition continues to change, the marriage register needs to be capable of adapting.
The Government is currently working with Tim Loughton MP to make sure that his Private Member's Bill (Civil Partnerships, Marriage and Deaths (Registration Etc.) Bill enables changes to be made to the marriage entry in the most cost effective way.
Thank you once again for taking the time to contact me.
With best wishes.