Opposite sex marriage falls to lowest ever level

March 1, 2018 2 comments

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Rates of marriage amongst opposite sex couples have fallen to their lowest ever level according to new figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS). There were a total of 239,020 heterosexual marriages in 2015, the ONS reveals, a fall of nearly 3.5 per cent in a single year (from  247,372) and the lowest on…

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Civil partnerships for straight couples back on the agenda

February 5, 2018 1 comment

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A bill that could lead to heterosexual couples gaining the right to enter civil partnerships has received an unopposed second reading in Parliament. Since the introduction of gay marriage in March 2014, civil partnerships have been an option only available to same sex couples. This has been a source of some controversy and Londoners Rebecca…

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Twitter supports same sex postal poll

October 26, 2017 0 comments

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Social networking giant Twitter has endorsed the campaign for marriage equality in Australia with a special emoji. The much discussed postal ballot on the legalisation of gay marriage within the country is now in its closing stages. Users who tweet any of a number of supportive hashtags will see an emoji of the ‘yes’ campaign…

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Same sex couples caught in legal limbo over Channel

October 23, 2017 2 comments

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A multinational same sex couple face the prospect of having to abandon plans to move to France. London-based Leandro Barreto and François Souyri have now been together for nine years. They entered a civil partnership in 2008 and later took advantage of the option to convert civil partnerships into a full legal marriage, as well…

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Women outnumber men in same sex divorce

October 18, 2017 0 comments

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A total of 112 same sex couples divorced in 2016 and nearly 80 per cent of these were female, the Office for National Statistics has reported. Although a small number, last year was only the second year in which divorce between same sex couples has been an option since the introduction of gay marriage in…

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Anti-gay marriage campaigners feted in Australia

October 12, 2017 1 comment

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The unexpectedly enduring controversy over the legalisation of gay marriage in Australia continued this week with the release of a new video by campaigners against the proposal. A TV ad by campaign group the Coalition for Marriage featured mothers opposed to legalisation discussing their reasons. These included Heidi McIvor, who is a church pastor in…

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Scottish Anglicans defiant on gay marriage

October 8, 2017 0 comments

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The Scottish branch of the Anglican Church has refused to back down in its support for gay marriage after the imposition of sanctions. Over the summer the Scottish Episcopal Church voted to allow same sex wedding ceremonies to take place in church buildings, to the dismay of the dismay of more conservative elements within the…

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