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Another Civil Partnership Reform?


Defence Minister Gavin Williamson MP is calling for another reform to our disjointed partnership recognition laws – this time one specifically affecting bisexual and gay people in the armed forces. He’s arguing that civil partnerships and marriages should be allowed on Ministry of Defence property – and has sought to enlist both his Labour opposite number and the Equality Minister […]

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European Parliament declares backing for Romanian partnership recognition

In Romania, a draft bill on civil partnership is about to be tabled. This would extend legal recognition and protection to same-sex couples. Members of the LGBTI Intergroup of the European Parliament have written to the President of the Senate and the President of the Chamber of Deputies of Romania, calling them to stand firm behind this proposal, and provide […]

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Civil partnership reform “inevitable”

Reform of civil partnerships is inevitable according to the archietect of the same-sex marriage bill.  In an interview this weekend former MP Lynne Featherstone says of civil partnership reform: It’s an inevitability, as it leaves an inequality that is not sustainable. It would be wonderful if the government would just do it. They’ve already had a review and a consultation, […]

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Court of Appeal kicks Civil Partnerships down the road

The Court of Appeal today rejected a case arguing for the introduction of mixed-sex civil partnerships. Charles Keidan and Rebecca Steinfeld brought the case arguing that they were being discriminated against on the grounds of sex, as a same-sex couple would be allowed the choice of marriage or civil partnership. A previous court ruling allowed that civil partnerships should remain […]

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Isle of Man leapfrogs Britain

From today the Isle of Man – which for decades has lagged behind its mainland neighbour on bi and gay rights – leaps ahead with partnership recognition reform. As well as extending marriage to same-sex couples the island will open up civil partnerships to mixed-sex couples – something which was in the original civil partnerships bill for Britain but was […]

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Civil partnership challenge fails

The legal challenge to the bar on mixed-sex civil partnerships has been defeated in court. As we reported last week Charles Keidan and Rebecca Steinfeld brought the case, arguing the current situation with marriage and civil partnership law constitutes unlawful discrimination. Marriage is now open to mixed-sex or same-sex couples, while civil partnerships – though the initial House of Lords […]

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