Saturday, 22 December 2007
Civil Rights, Civil Wrongs
Two years on from the much-trumpeted Civil Partnerships Act, and how many are there? The first dissolutions are under way. And the whole thing remains restricted to unrelated persons of the same sex. Unrelated persons of opposite sexes have of course the option of civil marriage. But related persons sharing a home have no option at all, even though a civil partnership does not need to be consummated, presumably because nobody could work out what might or might not qualify for this purpose. Yet related persons are extremely unlikely to seek a dissolution. When will this injustice be dealt with?