Straight British Couple Battle for Civil Partnership

by Savitha C Muppala on  November 26, 2009 at 4:56 PM General Health News   - G J E 4
A straight British couple who do not want to get married but want to be bound together with a civil partnership were told Tuesday that it was not possible as civil partnership was meant for same-sex couples.
 Straight British Couple Battle for Civil Partnership
Straight British Couple Battle for Civil Partnership

Tom Freeman and Katherine Doyle, both 25-year-old civil servants, were turned away from Islington Registry Office in north London because the law says civil partnerships brought in here in 2005 are only for same-sex couples.

Undeterred, the couple said they will take their fight for equality to court.

"We want to secure official status for our relationship in a way that supports the call for complete equality and is free of the negative connotations of marriage," Freeman said.

"If we cannot have a civil partnership, we will not get married."

A spokesman for Islington Council said: "The law dictates that a civil partnership is only for couples of the same sex. The council must follow the law."

There are a small number of differences between a marriage and a civil partnership, including that a marriage can be conducted in a church, while a civil partnership cannot.

Source: AFP

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