In today’s world, romantic commitment can mean be interpreted in lots of ways. For some it may mean a ring on their finger, swapping Miss for Mrs and a fabulous party to celebrate.
For others it can mean something as simple as being recognised as life partners in the eyes of the law without being married in the traditional sense.
Until now, civil partnerships have been reserved for same-sex couples as a way of allowing them to enter into a legal union that gives the similar rights and responsibilities as a married couple. It was not something offered to opposite-sex couples.
However at a party conference in Birmingham on 2nd October 2018, Prime Minister Theresa May said she would end this discrimination to opposite-sex couples who live in England and Wales. She was responding to a supreme court ruling a few months earlier that declared not allowing men and women to enter into a civil partnership was against their human rights.She said: “As Home Secretary, I was proud to sponsor the legislation that created equal marriage. Now, by extending civil partnerships, we are making sure that all couples, be they same-sex or opposite-sex, are given the same choices in life.”
Although no timeline has yet been given for the extension, we think a step towards equality and love for all is just another reason to celebrate.
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