An equal partnership

Washington, Julian
September 2005
Lawyer;9/12/2005, Vol. 19 Issue 35, p28
Trade Publication
The article discusses the introduction of the Civil Partnership Act (CPA) in Great Britain and its effect on same-sex relationships. This radical piece of social policy legislation creates an entirely new legal status for same-sex relationships. In Great Britain, civil partnership has been designed to be as close to marriage as possible. Civil partnerships are close to marriage in many respects. Some argue that the CPA has created discrimination rather than getting rid of an old one. Gay and lesbian couples may still not marry and now heterosexual couples are to be excluded from the status of civil partnership.


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