Civil partnerships extended to opposite-sex couples

Nov 7, 2019 by

from Thinking Anglicans: Both Houses of Parliament have now approved The Civil Partnership (Opposite-sex Couples) Regulations 2019. The regulations will come into force no later than 2 December. There is an accompanying Explanatory Memorandum. There is also an extremely helpful House of Commons Library briefing paper, Civil partnership for opposite sex couples (full text available as a PDF here). This change applies only to England and Wales. It is for the Scottish Parliament to decide on...

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Govt to allow marriage downgrades

Aug 7, 2019 by

from Coalition for Marriage. The Government wants to give every married couple in England and Wales the chance to downgrade their marriage. It’s part of plans to introduce heterosexual civil partnerships, after the Supreme Court ruling last year. C4M predicted this ruling all along. It stems directly from introducing same-sex marriage for homosexual couples in 2014 when they already had access to civil partnerships. The court said this was discriminatory against heterosexuals, who only had...

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Is the Bishops’ policy on civil partnerships sustainable?

Oct 9, 2018 by

By Ian Paul, Psephizo. The House of Bishops’ position on civil partnerships and same-sex sexual relationships is defined by three statements. The first is Issues in Human Sexuality, published in 1991 as a ‘discussion document’. When it was published, it had very mixed reactions, and I remember very clearly our whole-college debate about it in the college chapel when I was in training. It makes slightly awkward reading now, not least in its frequent use of the term ‘homophile’ which has fallen...

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Why Theresa May the parson’s daughter is so keen to kill off marriage

Oct 8, 2018 by

By Peter Hitchens, MailOnline. When will people grasp the difference between what the Tory Party says it is, and what it actually is? It is not as if it tries hard to hide it. Here is a clue. It is not conservative at all. It is a machine for obtaining power. It would cheerfully guillotine the Queen in Trafalgar Square if it thought that by doing so it could keep or gain office. That is why it has spent the past 20 years becoming more Blairite than New Labour. It helps to pay attention. Last...

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Civil partnerships: Law to change for mixed-sex couples

Oct 2, 2018 by

from BBC News: All couples in England and Wales will be able to choose to have a civil partnership rather than get married, Theresa May has announced. The move, which follows a Supreme Court ruling, will give mixed-sex couples and their families the option of greater security, the government said. And it will address the “imbalance” that allows same-sex couples to choose, but not mixed-sex couples. A couple who campaigned for the right said it was a “major step”...

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Civil partnerships in crisis: More unions were dissolved than made last year (and are breaking up at three times the rate of marriages)

Aug 17, 2018 by

by Steve Doughty, Mailonline: The number of civil partnerships dissolved last year was higher than the number formed by gay and lesbian couples, official figures showed yesterday. In 2017, the unions of 1,217 couples were dissolved, a legal process similar to divorce for married couples. In the same period, there were only 908 new civil partnerships. The annual total has dropped by nearly 85 per cent since same-sex couples were given the legal right to marry in 2014. The level of dissolution...

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