Civil Partnerships

Prenuptial/Precivl Partnership Agreements And Mediation - A Marriage Made In Heaven

Margaret Kelly | Posted 16.05.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Margaret Kelly

A prenuptial/precivil partnership agreement is entered into by the parties before entering into their marriage/civil partnership and sets out what will happen in the unhappy event that the relationship breaks down and ends in divorce/dissolution.

Civil Partnership - Any Point?

Katie Spooner | Posted 10.04.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Katie Spooner

So what if there were children involved, would that change my view? I don't think so. I think our cohabitation law needs reform to recognise and protect the financially vulnerable parent out of wedlock but again, even with children, if people want to cement their relationship or give it "recognition" and/or "protection", they can marry.

Bar On Civil Partnerships For Heterosexual Couples

Andrew Spearman | Posted 09.03.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Andrew Spearman

Whether you like the concept of marriage or not, equality should surely allow both same-sex and opposite-sex couples the same choices. You can have a civil ceremony of marriage already without requiring the religious element and be registered by a civil registrar, but it is still marriage; why not simply allow a CP?

Why Doesn't This Straight Couple Want To Be Like Everyone Else When They Can?

Sarah Ismail | Posted 22.02.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Sarah Ismail

Personally, I can't understand why they would want to have a civil partnership in the first place. They have no idea of the struggle people in same sex relationships faced to be allowed to get married. Many people in same sex relationships did not see civil partnerships as a positive thing. Civil partnerships were their compromise when they could not have marriage by law.

A Call To Arms For Equal Civil Partnerships

Lauren Evans | Posted 21.02.2017 | UK Politics
Lauren Evans

Today's decision is a setback to Rebecca and Charles' campaign. However, equal civil partnerships already have cross-party support from MPs and the second reading of Tim Loughton's Private Member's Bill is due to take place on 24 March 2017. Hopefully, the Court of Appeal's ruling today will encourage Parliament to put an end to this unjustifiable discrimination.

We Need To Make Civil Partnership Available to All

Jack Dodd | Posted 21.02.2017 | UK
Jack Dodd

This is something that is long overdue, and would allow for legal recognition and commitment, but in a modern institution. This would not be an attack on marriage, but merely opening up an element of choice to couples.

Heterosexual Couple Denied Civil Partnership By High Court

The Huffington Post UK | Eve Hartley | Posted 29.01.2016 | UK

The High Court decision to deny heterosexual couple Rebecca Steinfeld and Charles Keidan from entering a civil partnership has been described as a "de...

A Heterosexual Couple Denied A Civil Partnership Are Taking Their Fight To The High Court

The Huffington Post UK | Sarah Ann Harris | Posted 19.01.2016 | UK

A heterosexual couple who wish to become civil partners rather than marry are taking their fight to the High Court. New parents Rebecca Steinfeld a...

Everyone Should Be Free to Choose Between Marriage or Civil Partnership

Lauren Evans | Posted 21.10.2016 | UK
Lauren Evans

Critics argue that straight civil partnerships would undermine the value of marriage in our society. But I find this difficult to believe. Marriage is clearly the more popular choice, for both straight and gay couples. The majority of gay couples marrying in this country since it became legal converted from civil partnerships. But the key word here is choice - everyone, be they gay, straight or bisexual, should have the same freedom to choose.

Scottish Church To Allow Gay Ministers (But They Still Don't Believe In Gay Marriage)

PA/Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 16.05.2015 | UK

People in same sex civil partnerships will be allowed to serve as ministers and deacons after the Church of Scotland voted to change their rules on Sa...

European Court Rules Equal Love Case Inadmissible

Peter Tatchell | Posted 15.05.2015 | UK
Peter Tatchell

The Equal Love campaign has formally ceased its 2011 application to the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR), which sought to secure equality in UK civil marriage and civil partnership law. This follows the decision of the European Court that the application is "inadmissible" and subsequent fruitless attempts by campaigners to challenge the ruling. This is the end of the road for our application. We can take it no further. Sincere thanks to the eight couples involved and to all our supporters who stood with us for four years.

Why Straight Couples Shouldn't Be Banned From Civil Partnerships

Richard Adams | Posted 28.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Richard Adams

Whilst this form of inequality is unlikely to be as damaging given the general lack of oppression experienced because of heterosexuality, it is still one that should be remedied, not least to remove the erroneous claims made from some quarters that gay, lesbian and bisexual people have special privileges.

Same-Sex, Different Gender: How Women Are Driving Formal Gay Relationships

James R Brown | Posted 21.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
James R Brown

Fifty-six per cent of women married, most of them in their late twenties and early thirties, just as slightly more women than men became civil partners, according to another chunk of ONS material published last October.

David Cameron Insists That Straight Civil Partnerships Remain Banned

Peter Tatchell | Posted 27.08.2014 | UK Politics
Peter Tatchell

Legalising same-sex marriage was the recognition that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people are of equal worth and have the right to equal treatment in law. The same principle of equality applies in the case of civil partnerships. Heterosexual couples should be able to have a civil partnership.

How Women Are Still Being Defined Relative to Men

Adele Wilde-Blavatsky | Posted 04.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Adele Wilde-Blavatsky

Isn't it time all such outdated, patriarchal traditions and dress that perpetuate and promote the idea that women are the property of their fathers or husbands; or defined in terms of their marital status, be banned everywhere?

Inequality Remains: Why Exclude Straight Couples From Civil Partnerships?

Imogen Beecroft | Posted 29.06.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Imogen Beecroft

Does the same-sex marriage legislation leave civil partnerships destined to the graveyard of the noughties, left to rot alongside Big Brother and hipster jeans? Or might they be opened up to couples of any sex and allowed to flourish or fail, depending on the choices of the great British public?

The Law Shouldn't Stand in the Way of Equal Love

Kathryn Langston | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Kathryn Langston

This year saw a landmark bill legalising marriage for same-sex couples make it through Parliament. The passage of the Same Sex Couples Act was a great success for progress and equality, but in the wake of this victory we should not rest easy on our laurels.

Tax Breaks For Married Couples, Including Civil Partnerships, To Start In 2015

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 27.09.2013 | UK Politics

David Cameron has announced that his long-mooted tax breaks for married couples will begin in 2015 and will amount to a subsidy of up to £200 a year ...

Same-Sex Marriage? Different Problems

Fiona Wood | Posted 30.09.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Fiona Wood

A number of US states deny same-sex couples either form of legal union but are happy to conduct divorce proceedings for those gay couples whose marriages do not last the course. In Europe, things are equally unclear.

Civil Partnerships For Heterosexual Couples In Scotland

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 21.06.2013 | UK Politics

Straight couples will be allowed to have civil partnerships in Scotland, the SNP government in Edinburgh is set to announce. Next week the Scottish...

Will the House of Lords Vote for Marriage Equality?

Peter Tatchell | Posted 03.08.2013 | UK Politics
Peter Tatchell

This is no time for complacency. Church leaders and right-wing peers are determined to derail the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill. They plan to introduce a wrecking amendment, arguing that equal marriage has little public support.

The Forgotten Bullying of the Registrar Who Dared to Believe in Marriage

Mike Judge | Posted 31.07.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Mike Judge

They unilaterally designated her to be a civil partnership registrar without her consent, even though they knew this would put her in the impossible situation of choosing between her faith and her job. She told her employer that officiating at same-sex civil partnerships would conflict with her sincerely held religious beliefs.

Marriage Equality and Gay Parenting Are Great - But Now I Feel Under Pressure to Conform

The Guyliner | Posted 26.07.2013 | UK Lifestyle
The Guyliner

I don't know why I don't want to get married; I just don't. Whether it's because a failed marriage sounds much more scarring than a broken relationship, or I'd die at having to bring lots of people together to homage to me, I'm not sure, but the concept has never appealed.

Cameron Isn't Redefining Marriage, He's Wrecking It

Mike Judge | Posted 23.07.2013 | UK Politics
Mike Judge

There can no longer be any doubt, this Bill wrecks marriage. Labour's amendment, scrawled on a dog-eared scrap of paper and hastily tabled in the Commons at the eleventh hour. The Bill to wreck marriage has social liberals giddy with delight.

Freedom Cuts Both Ways in the Gay Marriage Debate

Damian Collins | Posted 19.07.2013 | UK Politics
Damian Collins

I believe that everyone should be equal in the eyes of the law, and that the lifelong commitment people make to each other when they make their marriage vows means something profound to them, and benefits society as a whole. I believe that these vows have great significance to the couples taking them regardless of their sex or sexuality.