Equal Love campaign challenges exclusions from both marriage and civil partnerships

by on November 4, 2010  •  In Family law, Marriage

Four gay and four straight couples are challenging the UK’s ban on gay couples marrying and straight couples having civil partnerships. Four same-sex couples will apply for civil marriages and four heterosexual couples will apply for civil partnerships will alternate applications every week from the beginning of November to December 14th.

According to campaign organizer Peter Tatchell, “If the couples are turned away, we plan to take legal action. We will argue in the courts that in a democratic society gay and straight couples should be equal before the law. Both civil marriages and civil partnerships should be open to everyone without discrimination.”

The Equal Love campaign’s legal case is being prepared by Robert Wintemute, Professor of Human Rights Law at Kings College London.“These bans violate the UK’s Human Rights Act and are open to challenge in the courts,” said Professor Wintemute.

Mr Tatchell added: “Our aim is to secure equality in civil marriage and civil partnership law. We want both systems open to all couples, gay and straight, so that everyone has a free and equal choice. Denying couples the right to civil marriage and civil partnership on the basis of their sexual orientation is wrong and has to end.”

A Populus opinion poll in June 2009 found that 61 per cent of the British public believe that ‘gay couples should have an equal right to get married, not just to have civil partnerships’. Only 33 per cent disagreed.

Source: Pink News


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