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Do civil partnerships have a future?

As it stands, the law on civil partnerships is inherently unfair, argues Marilyn Stowe

31 January 2017

It has been 12 years since civil partnerships were first introduced into English law, yet they are apparently no less controversial than they were on day one, albeit for different reasons. Although the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act 2013 was welcomed by most people, it certainly made the picture more complex for civil partnerships.

As the rate of conversion from civil partnerships to marriages is not at 100 per cent, simply doing away with them is no real solution. Additionally, you cannot force couples to change their relationship just to make things slightly neater for the government.

That brings us to the elephant in the room: the inherent unfairness in civil partnership law that was created when gay marriage was introduced. I said as much in this very publication on 12 January. I said that, as it stands, the law is ‘unfair’ and ‘discriminatory’, ...

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