Equality for Everyone

29 11 2009

If your idea of Equality doesn’t cover EVERYONE, you are a bigot!

Mark saw this article the other day and forwarded me the link, I simply had to share it.

Straight British Couple Fight for Civil Partnership

November 25, 2009

A straight British couple who reject marriage but want to seal their love with a civil partnership were told on Tuesday they could not because they are not gay.

Tom Freeman and Katherine Doyle, both 25-year-old civil servants, were turned away from Islington Registry Office in north London because the law says civil partnerships – introduced in Britain in 2005 – are only for same-sex couples.

Undeterred, the couple said they will take their fight for equality to court.

“We want to secure official status for our relationship in a way that supports the call for complete equality and is free of the negative connotations of marriage,” Mr Freeman said.

“If we cannot have a civil partnership, we will not get married.”

A spokesman for Islington Council said: “The law dictates that a civil partnership is only for couples of the same sex. The council must follow the law.”

There are a small number of differences between a marriage and a civil partnership, including that a marriage can be conducted in a church, while a civil partnership cannot.

AFP

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