Civil Partnership Bill: News from the U. K.
The Bill Would Give Committed Gay Couples the Same Sort of Security as a Married Couple
by Brian Walters
I thought it wise to tell
you of the news from the UK since it is not on the
Affirmation website yet.
The new Civil Partnership bill has just passed through the House of
Lords after its swift ride through the House of Commons earlier this
year and was given to become law as of the 17th of November. Basically,
it means that the UK is set to join the other nations of the EU which
have provisions for civil partnerships or marriages of gays and lesbians.
The term Civil Partnership was given as to not offend the conservative
Christians in the UK rather than using the term Marriage or Gay Marriage.
But, essentially, it is marriage in all but name.
You can easily find information out at BBC news or
lagla.org.uk or perhaps on Stonewall.org.uk. I
believe that there is information on each of these
sites. One of my personal favourite pictures comes
from the lagla site. If you click on the civil
partnership link, you can see a classic picture of the
petitioners against the bill, notice the "huge" size of
the mass throng!
For me, it is a great thing as it is for everyone in
the UK and the world, but personally, it helps my own
visa and immigration status since I came to the UK to
study and have since fallen in love. And, it's been
hard (yet not impossible) to set up an unmarried
partnership here in the UK. Now, those who might go
on this path after me will have less of a difficulty.
Cheers and I hope that this is useful.
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