Comments: Government consultation on civil partnership

I am rather surprised that no one has added a comment here. If, as I. hope, the Government decides that civil partnerships should continue to be available to same sex couples and be extended to opposite sex couples there are a number of implications for the churches.

Firstly, the Bishops will be able to develop their support of civil partnerships beyond their re-writing of history to an active commendation of them for same sex couples, thus partially making up for the wrongs done over the past years and perhaps enabling those bishops who feel that they can't endorse same sex marriage to at least feel they can offer something positive to their lgbt peoples.

The abolition of civil partnerships for same sex couples would either force everyone into marriage or result in some not entering into faithful and stable relationships. Not everyone wants to 'ape' heterosexual marriages as they see it.

The extension of civil partnerships to heterosexual couples would encourage more stable relationships and provide protection for those who still think that 'living together' is a 'common law marrage' and thus provides protections and rights to the partners. The church may well say that this further undermines the uniqueness of marriage and is against its teachings, but for many people a non religious civil union, devoid of all the marriage 'baggage' would be exactly what was needed for loving and commited relationships to which we are all supposed to be committed.

Posted by Richard Ashby at Monday, 27 January 2014 at 2:15pm GMT
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