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Government Says Sorry

Parliament

A government minister has said sorry for the hounding and expulsion of bisexual and gay people in the armed forces. Until 1999 bi and gay people found in the military faced losing their careers, along with medals, benefits and any other kind of transitionary help to returning to civilian life. Conservative and Labour governments including the Blair government defended the […]

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17 Years Late: Civil Partnership Equality

The first mixed-sex civil partnerships are being registered today.  Rebecca Steinfeld and Charles Keidan, whose court case overturned the sexist barrier that had existed in law since 2004, are the first of no doubt very many couples to register – with the law expected to follow suit in Scotland soon and with same-sex marriage becoming an option in Northern Ireland […]

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Lords debate Civil Partnership reform

Parliament

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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£120m to fix pension discrimination

The Supreme Court has ruled that pensions which discriminate against same-sex spouses are wrong – and it’s going to cost £120m to fix. The 2010 Equality Act included a clause allowing employers to discriminate against same-sex couples, by letting employers treat employees who began employment prior to the 2005 Civil Partnerships Act differently in pension provision. The judgement in the […]

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