September 4, 2015
We are really pleased to be able to tell you that the High Court have decided on a date for Charles and Rebecca’s Judicial Review – it’s going to take place on 19 and 20 January 2016. The Court has allocated two full days and a senior judge to the case, and the hearing is open to the public – so put it in your diaries and come and witness some history in the making (fingers crossed)!
In addition to supporting Charles and Rebecca’s legal team build their case, we have also been busy working on the inside with key decision makers who have the power to make the change we are seeking. A Ten Minute Rule Bill has been tabled for 21 October 2015 by Tim Loughton MP, calling for a very simple amendment to the Civil Partnership Act – solely to remove the sentence that limits civil partnerships to same-sex couples – and we are having meetings with a number of supportive MPs from across the parties to rally behind the Bill. As we get closer to 21 October, we’ll be asking all of our supporters to write to and Tweet your MPs to ask them to attend and support the Bill, so make sure you’re following us on Twitter and Facebook to stay in the loop.
If you haven’t yet, please don’t forget to share Charles and Rebecca’s change.org petition with your friends and family – it only takes a minute and the more signatures we get the easier it is for us to convince MPs that this is an issue they need to get behind…
The ECP Team x
August 6, 2015
23 July 2015
We were really pleased to read ‘Unmarried couples: it’s make your mind up time, before a law does it for you.’ As the steering group of the campaign for Equal Civil Partnerships, we are all too aware of the pitfalls that cohabitating couples can face, and like Jenny McCartney, we see absolutely no reason why heterosexual couples should be denied civil partnerships. That’s why we’re calling on the government to extend the right to civil partnerships to all couples, regardless of sex or sexual orientation. A Private Members Bill calling for an amendment to the current legislation (which prohibits opposite-sex couples from accessing civil partnerships) is scheduled for 21 October, and a Judicial Review will also be taking place this autumn.
While Baron Marks of Henley-on-Thames’s Cohabitation Bill would give long-term co-habiting couples a number of limited rights automatically, civil partnerships would offer (for those couples who want it) a modern social institution conferring almost identical legal rights as marriage, but without its historical baggage, often out-dated gender roles and social expectations.
Simply extending the right to civil partnerships to all couples would give many families, including some of ours, greater security and stability and put an end to this strange anomaly in the law which is currently undermining equality in the UK.
Dr. Rebecca Steinfeld
Professor Robert Wintemute
July 30, 2015
The Equality Network’s new Scottish LGBT Equality Report recommends “the Scottish Government should resolve outstanding partnership equality issues including the ban on mixed-sex civil partnership and the need to allow couples in non-Scottish civil partnerships to convert their civil partnership to marriage if they wish to do so.” We couldn’t agree more!
We’re thrilled the Equality Network supports equal civil partnerships – see here for more information about why they believe civil partnerships should be open to all, and check out the full report for the most comprehensive research to date into LGBT people’s experiences of inequality in Scotland.
June 25, 2015
We’re calling on the government to extend the right of civil partnerships to all couples, regardless of sex or sexuality. Currently under UK law all couples have the right to marry, however only same-sex couples are able to form civil partnerships.
A judicial review is set to take place later this year, as it is evident that this inequality undermines the core principle of democracy that all people should be treated equally before the law.
Write to your MP to ask them to fight for equal civil partnerships, to improve equality in the UK without wasting tax payers’ money fighting this legal case. The first fifty letters are paid for, so do it today and it won’t cost you a penny!
May 11, 2015
We are really pleased to launch our website, and we hope you like it! Have a look around to find out more about our brand new campaign, Rebecca and Charles’ legal challenge, check out our fantastic supporters, and find out how you can get involved too. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook and sign up to our newsletter to keep up to date as the campaign develops.
The ECP team x
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