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Equality should be universal

Civil partnerships could be automatically converted to marriages to allow tax relief for same-sex couples with foreign connections, says Fay Copeland

26 April 2014

Equal rights for same-sex couples have come a long way in the past ten years. Now those couples can marry in a civil ceremony (or religious one, if the relevant institution opts in) and existing civil partners can also convert their union to a marriage. However, there is still one area of inequality that I hope will be addressed.

Although many other countries grant the same tax reliefs and exemptions to same-sex married couples as to opposite-sex married couples, they may not recognise a civil partnership as being akin to a same-sex marriage. The US and Spain are two examples.

In the US, following a Supreme Court ruling last year, same-sex married couples are entitled to the same tax reliefs and exemptions as opposite-sex married coup...

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