Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Straight U.K. Couple To Appeal For Entitlement to "Gay" Civil Partnership

Claiming discrimination, a heterosexual London couple will challenge a UK law that limits "civil partnerships" to same-sex couples. MSNBC reports:
The 26-year-old Londoners think they should be allowed to have a civil partnership, a form of legal union available in Britain only to same-sex couples. Gay rights activists are backing the couple's bid in an attempt to legalize gay marriage.

...Doyle and Freeman were refused a permit Tuesday from their local town hall, setting up a likely appeal.

Human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell, who accompanied Doyle and Freeman at the Islington registry office, said "denying heterosexual couples the right to have a civil partnership is heterophobic.

"Marriage and civil partnership are virtually identical in law, and activists think both should be open to all couples.

- Garry J. Wise, Toronto
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