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Final vote on Civil Partnership equality?

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The House of Commons is set to vote one last time on reforming Civil Partnerships tomorrow as the first item of business of the day. The third reading of the Civil Partnerships, Marriages And Deaths (Registration Etc.) Bill will not bring about change immediately, but if passed – as it looks certain to be – it will bring mixed-gender civil […]

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Taiwan might fudge marriage

The Taiwanese government is about to legislate on same-sex marriage – or not. The supreme court ruled that same-sex marriage had to be introduced but last November a referendum in Taiwan voted out against same-sex marriage and civil partnerships. The bill now presented to parliament is subject to change – so although it mentions marriage, that might be deleted from […]

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Another Civil Partnership Reform?

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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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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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