MPs ‘not convinced’ by arguments against extending civil partnerships to heterosexuals

Family Law|June 15th 2013

ParliamentThe parliamentary Joint Committee on Human Rights is “not convinced” by arguments against the extension of civil partnerships to heterosexual couples.

In a new report scrutinising the forthcoming Marriage (Same Sex) Couples bill, the MPs warn of “potential discrimination”, saying:

“We are not convinced by the Government’s reasons not to extend civil partnerships to opposite sex couples, and we welcome the Government’s announcement that it will review this matter. In doing so, the Government should take into account the potential discrimination that may arise between cohabiting opposite sex couples and civil partners. We also note that there was some ambiguity in the Government evidence to us concerning the costs of extending civil partnerships to opposite sex couples.”

Amongst other observations, the committee approved the various measures in the bill providing religious organisations with the right to opt out of conducting same sex ceremonies. The MPs also called  on the government to review pension arrangements for surviving partners in same sex marriages and civil partnerships. They wrote:

“…we consider that the Government should carry out a full review of pension provisions in relation to survivor pension benefit entitlements of same sex married couples and civil partners to ensure that there is no unjustifiable discrimination…”

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  1. Luke says:

    “The parliamentary Joint Committee on Human Rights is “not convinced” by arguments against the extension of civil partnerships to heterosexual couples.”
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    The reason they are not convinced about the ‘arguments’ is pretty simple – there aren’t any valid ones. The only one the government (other than outdated religious ones) has got is cost. Increased costs I’m afraid are inevitable when you change the law in such a fundamental way.

    It would be totally unacceptable given the changes being made to say that heterosexual couples should be denied the civil partnership option.

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