Tag Archives: Marriage

Northern Ireland: Not “I do”, but “I might…”

The House of Commons has voted overwhelmingly to introduce same-sex marriage – and relax the law on abortion – in Northern Ireland. It’s not as simple as it has been painted in some headlines though: the change does not come into effect yet. Instead it will await the latest round of attempts to reintroduce devolved government in Northern Ireland – […]

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Taiwan says I Do (and You May)

Today Taiwan has become the first Asian country to legalise same-sex marriage. The move follows a debate in parliament where three options were under consideration – marriage and two lesser moves to provide partnership recognition. It passed by a huge majority – 66 votes to 27.  This is nearly on the same scale as the support at Westminster for same-sex […]

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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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