Three Years of Civil Partnerships in Britain

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    Dec 19, 2008 12:54 PM GMT
    There's a nice article in the Economist about the three-year anniversary of Civil Partnerships. These offer equal secular rights and responsibilities to Civil Marriage (more information here) but forbid any religious aspect to the ceremony; they are additionally open to same-sex couples (so it's not really equality).

    Despite much harrumphing beforehand from religious bigots, British society has not yet collapsed!
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    Dec 30, 2008 5:47 PM GMT
    TigerTim saidThere's a nice article in the Economist about the three-year anniversary of Civil Partnerships. These offer equal secular rights and responsibilities to Civil Marriage (more information here) but forbid any religious aspect to the ceremony; they are additionally open to same-sex couples (so it's not really equality).

    Despite much harrumphing beforehand from religious bigots, British society has not yet collapsed!


    I read that article and was surprised to learn that gay men's relationships seem to be holding up better than lesbian's. Canada has had the right to marry now for at least 3 years I believe. Very few people even talk about it now. In the US religious groups have far more political clout and are very adept at scaring people. After all a significant # of Americans believe in "Revelations" and see gays marrying as another step towards the end of mankind. Seems wacky for people who are rational, but regardless their prejudices are holding up social progress for gays.