Assimilate civil partnership with marriage

As a happily married heterosexual I am disconcerted that my homosexual friends' partnerships cannot be described in law as a 'marriage'. (No doubt because there are some minor differences between the two forms of legal status.)

I would like to see civil partnerships put on exactly the same basis as conventional marriage from a legal point of view.

Such a change need not affect the rights of the religious to continue to confine the term 'marriage' to whatever they want, but that is a matter for them and need not concern the rest of us.

Why is this idea important?

As a happily married heterosexual I am disconcerted that my homosexual friends' partnerships cannot be described in law as a 'marriage'. (No doubt because there are some minor differences between the two forms of legal status.)

I would like to see civil partnerships put on exactly the same basis as conventional marriage from a legal point of view.

Such a change need not affect the rights of the religious to continue to confine the term 'marriage' to whatever they want, but that is a matter for them and need not concern the rest of us.

Civil Partnerships

Civil Partnerships should not be restricted to same sex couples but be available to all established adult households including family members, particularly those who are unable to get married.

Why is this idea important?

Civil Partnerships should not be restricted to same sex couples but be available to all established adult households including family members, particularly those who are unable to get married.

Civil partnerships for straights, no state ‘marriages’

Given the lack of controversy about civil partnerships among the British public, it is now clear that the concept of the public formalisation of gay relationships has become publicly acceptable. There is therefore no longer any reason for the state to discriminate between the its recognition of gay relationships and straight ones. The state should withdraw from involvement in marriages altogether, and should recognise only civil partnerships, for both gay and straight.

If faith bodies wish to continue with marriages, that would then be entirely their concern, and it would be up to them to decide whether or not to require a civil partnership to also have been concluded as part of what they regard as a valid marriage.

Marriages that pre-exist this change would, of course, have to be recognised by the state as civil partnerships.

Why is this idea important?

Given the lack of controversy about civil partnerships among the British public, it is now clear that the concept of the public formalisation of gay relationships has become publicly acceptable. There is therefore no longer any reason for the state to discriminate between the its recognition of gay relationships and straight ones. The state should withdraw from involvement in marriages altogether, and should recognise only civil partnerships, for both gay and straight.

If faith bodies wish to continue with marriages, that would then be entirely their concern, and it would be up to them to decide whether or not to require a civil partnership to also have been concluded as part of what they regard as a valid marriage.

Marriages that pre-exist this change would, of course, have to be recognised by the state as civil partnerships.

Marriage/Partnership equality for all

The restrictions should be scrapped regarding marriage and civil partnerships.

Same sex couples should be allowed to get married [whether in churches, registry office or any licensed venue] and heterosexual couples should be allowed to have civil partnerships.

OR scrap civil partnerships / marriage altogether and have ONE standardised, equal process for EVERYONE whether heterosexual, homosexual, or bisexual.

It could either be called 'marriage' , 'legal partnership' or 'legal union'.

Why is this idea important?

The restrictions should be scrapped regarding marriage and civil partnerships.

Same sex couples should be allowed to get married [whether in churches, registry office or any licensed venue] and heterosexual couples should be allowed to have civil partnerships.

OR scrap civil partnerships / marriage altogether and have ONE standardised, equal process for EVERYONE whether heterosexual, homosexual, or bisexual.

It could either be called 'marriage' , 'legal partnership' or 'legal union'.

Gay Marriage

Please repeal section 11c of the Matrimonial Causes Act 1973 – That a marriage is void if 'the parties are not respectively male and female'.

Civil partnerships were a step in the right direction, but let's follow Scandinavia's example and allow gay people to actually marry.  Not allowing it reinforces the perception that homosexuals are different and lesser than heterosexuals.  How can we call ourselves an equal society when gay marriage is still banned; like it's something to be afraid or ashamed of.  It would have no effect on heterosexual couples, and would mean the world to homosexual ones. 

I am a young female doctor, and, like most girls, I dream of getting married one day.  Not civil-partnershipped; married to the woman I love.  I feel so discriminated against, and saddened that my own country's government can treat me this way when I am giving them so much loyalty and service.  It's unbelievable that in 2010 gay people are STILL not recognised as equal members of society.

Please change it.  I want to get married!

Why is this idea important?

Please repeal section 11c of the Matrimonial Causes Act 1973 – That a marriage is void if 'the parties are not respectively male and female'.

Civil partnerships were a step in the right direction, but let's follow Scandinavia's example and allow gay people to actually marry.  Not allowing it reinforces the perception that homosexuals are different and lesser than heterosexuals.  How can we call ourselves an equal society when gay marriage is still banned; like it's something to be afraid or ashamed of.  It would have no effect on heterosexual couples, and would mean the world to homosexual ones. 

I am a young female doctor, and, like most girls, I dream of getting married one day.  Not civil-partnershipped; married to the woman I love.  I feel so discriminated against, and saddened that my own country's government can treat me this way when I am giving them so much loyalty and service.  It's unbelievable that in 2010 gay people are STILL not recognised as equal members of society.

Please change it.  I want to get married!

Civil Partnership Act 2004

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?

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.