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Lawyer calls for ‘heterosexual civil partnerships’

Lawyer calls for ‘heterosexual civil partnerships’

Monday 06 March 2017

Lawyer calls for ‘heterosexual civil partnerships’

Monday 06 March 2017

A leading family lawyer says Jersey should be in the forefront of equal rights rather than lagging behind.

Advocate Rose Colley believes different and same sex couples should enjoy the same rights.

At the moment, same sex couples can enter into civil partnerships but different sex couples can’t. Advocate Colley thinks that's unfair.

According to her, “Many different-sex couples do not wish to get married but they do want legal recognition of their relationship. Why should these couples be treated differently to those who choose to get married? It would surely take very little effort for Jersey to change the Civil Partnership (Jersey) Law 2012 to allow all couples – regardless of their sexuality – to enter into a civil partnership. By doing so, Jersey would be sending out a very clear message that the Island recognises that the choice of entering into a civil partnership should be available to all couples.”

Heterosexual civil partnerships are legal in the Isle of Man, but not in the UK - something that was recently unsuccessfully challenged in the English Court of Appeal.



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Posted by William Boyd on
Now there is gay marriage there is no need for civil partnerships gay or civil, full stop. There is civil marriage which is nothing like a religious marriage, indeed having been to civil partnerships and civil weddings they are the same ceremony, non religious and just a legal contract. A civil wedding can just be the two people involved and two witnesses, no trappings of patriarchy, which seems to bother a lot of people who use it as an excuse not to have a civil wedding. It is getting ridiculous now, anybody demanding to do what they want.
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