Tag Archives: Marriage

Lords debate Civil Partnership reform

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The House of Lords yesterday debated reform of the law on marriage and civil partnerships.  Introduced in 2004, civil partnerships are currently only open to same-sex couples.  An expectation in 2013 that they would fade away once same-sex marriage was brought in as an option, they have carried on with a steady stream of people choosing them over marriage – […]

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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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Same-sex couples gain freedom of EU movement

In a ground-breaking judgement given on Tuesday, the Court of Justice of the European Union recognised freedom of movement for same-sex couples. “The term ‘spouse’ within the meaning of the provisions of EU law on freedom of residence for EU citizens and their family members includes spouses of the same sex” the Luxembourg Court says in a press release. The […]

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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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Lords and Commons push for marriage reform

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This week bills in the House of Commons and House of Lords will seek to introduce same-sex marriage in Northern Ireland. Same-sex marriage, albeit in slightly different legislative forms, exists in the Republic of Ireland, Scotland, and Wales & England, but not Northern Ireland. Reform in Northern Ireland has been blocked thus far by the DUP using powers given to […]

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