This Act should be repealed and replaced with legislation that allows any two people who have reached the age of majority and who are economically co-dependant – such as two elderly sisters who share the house which they hvae shared for the entire lives – to enjoy the same economic and legal benefits preserntly only enjoyed by married couples and those who have entered civil partnerships under the present Act.

Why is this idea important?

In its present form, the Civil Partnersip Act 2004 attempts on behalf of same-sex couples to ape Marriage as the life-long and exclusive union of one man and one woman as the fundamental basis of the family and a healthy society.

While alleged not to be a form of same-sex marriage, those entering a Civil Partnership are subject to the same restrictions relating to kindred and affinity and marital status as a man and a woman who wish to marry, and so is discriminatory against, for example, two sisters who share property but cannot obtain the benefits of Civil Partnership because they are too-closely related.

Religious communities, such as the Church of England, could be releived of the burden of legal preliminaries before conducting marriages – all couples who wished to marry would enter a civil partnership in the town hall (as per France and elsewhere) and then have their Union blessed in Marriage if their religious community regarded their Union as one that it could bless.

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