Marriage and family: civil partnerships

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Facts

The Civil Partnership Act 2004 created a scheme for the legal recognition of homosexual relationships. The Act applies to England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

‘Civil partnerships’ are ‘gay marriage’ in all but name, extending all the legal rights and privileges of marriage to homosexual couples.1 The formal requirements precisely mirror civil weddings.

‘Civil partnerships’ thus equate holy matrimony with homosexual liaisons. Marriage is not morally equivalent to such lifestyles.

The Civil Partnership Act came into force on 5 December 2005. By 31 March 2006 a total of 6,516 Civil Partnerships had been registered in England and Wales2, 343 in Scotland3

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