A majority of British people now support the extension of civil patrnerships to all couples regardless of gender, new polling suggests.
Polling firm Populus surveyed a representative sample of 2,000 British adults aged over 18. A full 57 per cent – or three in five – agreed with the statement that the government should “allow all couples the right to get a civil partnership”.
By contrast, a mere 20 per cent backed the option once seen as inevitable by by most legal commenters: ‘remove civil partnerships altogether’. Meanwhile 24 per cent said they had no view on the matter.
The campaign was conducted on behalf of the Equal Civil Partnerships Campaign, which, as the name suggests, believes heterosexual couples should be able to civil partnerships as well as homosexual ones. MPs from all major parties have expressed support for the campaign, along with the human rights group Liberty.
Campaign Manager Matt Hawkins said:
“This survey adds to the mound of evidence demonstrating that giving every couple the option of getting a civil partnership would be the popular and fair thing to do. Over 76,000 people have already signed a petition calling on the government to extend civil partnerships, MPs from all parties support our cause, and countries such as France, Sweden, and New Zealand and regions of the British Isles like the Falkland Islands, Gibraltar, and Isle of Man have already shown that mixed-sex civil partnerships are easy to introduce and warmly welcomed.”
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