Civil partnership registrations fall by 70% in a year

Oct 26, 2015 by

From Family Law Week: Following the introduction of marriages of same sex couples in March 2014, the number of civil partnerships formed in England and Wales has fallen by 70% from 5,646 in 2013 to 1,683 in 2014. The decline in civil partnerships was disclosed in the latest figures produced by the Office for National Statistics. The mean age of men forming a civil partnership in England and Wales in 2014 was 43.6 years, while for women it was 42.3 years, increasing by 3 years for men and 4 years for women since 2013. This is the largest annual increase in the mean age at formation since civil partnerships were introduced in 2005. Over half (57%) of civil partnerships were between males in 2014; a change from 2013 when only 47% of partnerships were between males. The number of civil partnership dissolutions granted in 2014 was 1,061, an increase...

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My sisters have lived together for 30 years. Now they should be allowed to tie the knot

Sep 11, 2015 by

By Tom Utley, Mailonline: Of all the injustices in this wicked world, the law that stops my sisters from forming a civil partnership is perhaps not the most grievous. But a serious injustice it is, nonetheless, and one that old family friend Alistair Cooke (now Lord Lexden) raised in the Upper House on Wednesday. For his pains, Alistair was slapped down by a minister, Baroness Williams of Trafford, who seemed unable to grasp his simple point, eloquently though he made it. Nor did she appear to understand much else about her brief, come to that. But she did have interesting light to cast on the meaning of marriage, as David Cameron has redefined it, and on the Government’s interpretation of the word ‘love’, which I’ll come to in a moment. […]  As for whether or not Virginia, Catherine and Livvy constitute a family unit, I would have thought their...

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Tory peer calls for brothers and sisters to be able to get a civil partnership

Sep 10, 2015 by

By Daniel Martin, Mailonline: The right to enter a civil partnership should be extended to brothers and sisters, a Tory peer said today. The bizarre call was made by Lord Lexden, who said the move would address the ‘injustice’ in inheritance tax laws. He said ‘sibling couples’ should be able to set up a civil partnership so that when one of them dies, the other one is not forced to sell the family home to pay the tax. Civil partnerships were introduced in 2005 by Tony Blair to allow gay couples to enter into a union. This was upgraded to the right to full marriage by the Coalition last year. Lord Lexden, the official historian of the Conservative Party, said that brothers and sisters should also be able to ‘formalise’ their relationship. Speaking at question time in the House of Lords, he said: ‘Is it not the case that...

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Kirk votes to permit ministers to enter civil partnerships

May 17, 2015 by

 Frank Cranmer , Law and Religion UK. The BBC reported, and the Kirk subsequently confirmed, that the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland has voted to allow congregations to ordain or induct ministers who are in same-sex civil partnerships: commissioners voted 309 in favour and 183 against. The issue has been the subject of several debates, both within the General Assembly and in the wider Church; and at the Assembly in 2014 the issue was sent down to the 45 presbyteries under the terms of the Barrier Act. The presbyteries voted 31 to 14 in favour of change. The co-ordinator of the Principal Clerk’s office, the Very Revd David Arnott, said: “The General Assembly of the Church of Scotland decided today to allow individual Kirk Sessions the possibility of allowing a Nominating Committee to consider an application from a minister living in a civil partnership. During a vacancy a Kirk Session may,...

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Judge gives go-ahead for ‘marriage-lite’ legal case

Feb 27, 2015 by

From The Christian Institute: A heterosexual couple who want a civil partnership have been given a green light to legally challenge the Government. Charles Keidan and Rebecca Steinfeld do not want to get married and are calling for civil partnerships – which currently are for homosexual couples only – to be extended. Pro-marriage group Coalition for Marriage has warned that heterosexual civil partnerships are “marriage-lite” because they involve no lifelong commitment. Permission granted The Government has previously rejected the idea, and also acknowledged that the change would cost £3-4 billion in public sector pensions alone. However Mrs Justice Elisabeth Laing has now given permission for Steinfeld and Keidan’s case to proceed. The couple are attempting to raise money to fight the case against the Government, but have also called on equalities minister Nicky Morgan to introduce a “simple amendment” which would allow for heterosexual civil partnerships. Read here...

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The green light for all couples to marry

Dec 10, 2014 by

By Nicky Morgan & Nick Boles, Pink News: For many, there is nothing particularly momentous about today. It is Wednesday. There are 15 days left until Christmas. It is also the 146th anniversary of the traffic light. However, today is an important day in our country’s proud history of supporting equality before the law. Spring of this year saw a seminal moment when the first marriages of same sex couples took place; today we complete another piece of the jigsaw by allowing same-sex couples already in civil partnerships to convert them into marriages if they wish. We are absolutely delighted to be delivering on our promise to allow these conversions by Christmas and we are especially proud to be able to say, as of today, there is no reason in law why anyone cannot marry the person they love just because of their gender. Read...

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