LGBT+ Lib Dems welcome Mixed-Sex Civil Partnerships
Originally published by LGBT+ Liberal Democrats
Jennie Rigg, the chair of LGBT+ Lib Dems, has responded to the announcement that the Government will legislate to allow mixed-sex Civil Partnerships after losing a case in the Supreme Court in June:
"Civil partnerships for all couples was the intent of the original Civil Partnerships legislation in 2002 by Lib Dem Lord Lester. Sadly the Government of the day chose instead to deliver a 'separate and unequal' two-tier solution. When we became the first major party to call for same-sex marriage, we also supported bringing Civil Partnerships to couples regardless of gender. We're proud to have delivered same-sex marriage in Government, and happy to see this further step for equality 16 years after we first tried to introduce it.
"There is still work to do before we have equal marriage - including on pension rights, and the 'spousal veto' for trans people. We are calling for the latter to be scrapped as part of the propsed reform of the Gender Recognition Act, which should also see an end to medical gatekeeping and enforcement of harmful gender stereotypes. We wish good luck and happiness to all those who embark on civil partnerships, and will continue to Demand Better for equality."