Civil partnership for only same-sex couples is ‘discriminatory’

12 Jan 2017

Allowing only same-sex couples to enter a civil partnership is ‘discriminatory’, family lawyers have said, ahead of a House of Commons debate on Friday.

Under the current law, mixed-sex couples do not have the option of forming a civil partnership, unlike same-sex couples who also have the right to marry.

Tim Loughton, MP for East Worthing and Shoreham, wants parity and is seeking to amend the Civil Partnership Act 2004 through a private member’s bill, which will be heard for the second time tomorrow.

Loughton’s bill has cross-party support from Labour, Liberal Democrat, and Green MPs.<...

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