Wednesday, 30 November 2005

It's about time!

Another something worth a mention…on December 5th, the Civil Partnership Bill will become law in the UK, which means gay and lesbian couples will be “entitled to a range of property rights, the same exemption as married couples on inheritance tax, social security and pension benefits, and also the ability to get parental responsibility for a partner’s children.", according to a BBC article.

“At-a-glance: Gay partnerships

Here are the key points of the Civil Partnerships Bill, which allows same-sex couples to get legal recognition for their relationships.

Tying the knot
  • Couples would enter civil partnerships in local registration services
  • Each partner would have to sign the register in the presence of the registration officer and two witnesses
  • There would also be a formal, court-based process for dissolving the partnership

Main partnership rights

  • Social security and pension benefits, including right to benefit from a dead partner’s pension
  • Full recognition for life assurance schemes
  • Ability to succeed to tenancy rights
  • Next-of-kin visiting rights in hospitals


  • Providing reasonable maintenance for civil partners and children of the family
  • Ability to gain parental responsibility for a partner’s children”

1 comment:

Suzer said...

Yes, it is about time to allow all human beings the rights they deserve in all their diversity. As a society, we’ve put such limits on what is “correct and proper” and it’s time for that to change. Think about what allowing people to be open and free to express themselves would mean for their own physical and mental health, let alone their financial security. In some ways the UK is lightyears ahead of the US.

Commented by muddiah on December 2, 2005 at 3:39 pm

Did you know Northern Ireland only legalized homosexuality 15 years ago. That just makes me laugh…the idea that something like sexual orientation could ever be subject to man-made laws. What a joke!

modified to add: About two dozen countries have same sex partnership laws, while five allow marriage between same sex couples (Denmark did this as early as 1989). Man is the US behind!

Commented by Suzer on December 4, 2005 at 3:15 pm

Another interesting factoid; gays & lesbians are higher earners than the rest:,,1692755,00.html

Commented by Suzer on January 23, 2006 at 5:02 pm