First heterosexual civil partnership in British Isles

Oct 15, 2016 by

fom BBC News: A heterosexual couple have become the first in the British Isles to enter into a civil partnership. Adeline Cosson, 24, and Kieran Hodgson, 22, are the first couple to take advantage of new laws passed on the Isle of Man on 19 July. The new act means the Isle of Man is the only place where both gay and straight couples can enter into civil partnerships. The young couple, who live in Douglas, said they were “very proud”. The pair entered into their partnership in front...

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Older gay couples shun marriage as the average age for a civil partnership to be recorded passes 50

Sep 9, 2016 by

by Steve Doughty, Mailonline: Pensioners are the most likely people to form same-sex civil partnerships, according to an official breakdown yesterday. While gay couples are increasingly turning to same-sex marriage to cement their relationships, an older generation prefers to stick to the older-established civil partnership system, it found. Last year the average age at which a gay or lesbian couple recorded a civil partnership was nearly 50, around a decade later in life than in 2013, the...

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Southern African synod to consider blessing same-sex civil unions

Aug 18, 2016 by

by Gavin Drake, ACNS: The Anglican Church in Southern Africa is to consider blessing same-sex civil unions when its provincial synod meets next month. But the motion, proposed by the Diocese of Saldanha Bay, would not permit clergy to solemnise same-sex marriages. The motion says that clergy should be “especially prepared for a ministry of pastoral care for those identifying as LGBTI” but that “any cleric unwilling to engage in such envisioned pastoral care shall not be obliged to do so” “The...

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Muslims Demand Polygamy In Response To Same Sex Unions

Aug 10, 2016 by

by Virginia Hale, Breitbart: Following the introduction of civil partnerships, Muslim representatives in Italy are now demanding the legalisation of polygamy. Responding to a new law allowing same sex couples to enter civil unions, Hamza Piccardo argued that if gay relationships, which Muslims disagree with, are a civil right then Italians must accept polygamy as a civil right too. The founder of the Union of Islamic Communities and Organisations (UCOII) in Italy took to Facebook to claim...

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Isle of Man law opens door to heterosexual civil partnerships

Aug 2, 2016 by

by John Bingham, Telegraph: Heterosexual couples can form civil partnerships as an alternative to traditional marriage in the British Isles for the first time after a change in the law on the Isle of Man. New legislation which has just come into force on the Island – a crown dependency separate from but closely tied to the UK – will create new pressure in mainland Britain for straight couples to be allowed to form legally recognised partnerships. But it also creates a new legal...

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A response to the Pastoral letter from the Bishops of the Church in Wales

Apr 19, 2016 by

by Martin Davie: The Bishops of the Church in Wales have now issued a ‘Pastoral Letter….to all the faithful concerning gay and lesbian Christians’ accompanied by two sets of prayers ‘that may be said with a couple following the Celebration of a Civil Partnership or Civil Marriage.’ What should we make of this letter from a theological perspective? First, the reasons the bishops give for not changing the teaching of the Church in Wales in relation to marriage or permitting ‘the celebration of...

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