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Supreme Court overturns partnership discrimination

In a unanimous verdict this morning the UK’s Supreme Court has declared the rules that make Civil Partnership only open to same-sex couples unlawful. They have found the the Civil Partnership Act 2004 incompatible with the European Convention on Human Rights as it only extends the right to partnership recognition to same-sex couples. Charles Keidan and Rebecca Steinfeld have been […]

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Latvia challenged on partnership recognition

Earlier this month the Latvian Parliament dismissed a petition calling for the introduction of partnership legislation which would recognise all unmarried couples, including same-sex couples. This is the second time the Saeima rejected such an initiative. The European Parliament has responded today with members of the LGBTI Intergroup writing to the Members of the Government of Latvia, and the Speaker […]

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Austria joins the marriage club

Austria will be legalising same-sex marriage by the end of this year following a supreme court ruling yesterday. The court has declared that civil partnerships and marriage, the current “separate and not equal” arrangement in the country, cannot be maintained as they are clearly discriminatory, and decreed the law must change by the start of 2018. The move follows neighbouring […]

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White Wedding?

The arrival of same-sex marriage for England and Wales opened up marriage to people who had never married before. According to the Office for National Statistics, in 2014, of all individuals marrying a same sex partner 85% were forming their first legally recognised partnership compared with 76% for mixed-sex couples. So of the 5,000 same-sex marriages that year some 4,000 […]

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5,000 people married – without a wedding?

Nearly two and a half thousand couples got married in 2014 – usually without a wedding! When same-sex marriage was introduced there was an option introduced for those couples who had registered a civil partnership to be able to ‘convert’ their partnership registration to marriage. This month’s Office for National Statistics figures show that, following the introduction of the same-sex […]

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