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Number of civil partnerships continues to fall

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  1. its to be expected. anytime something becomes legal theres a sudden flurry of interest and then it levels off as it just becomes every day.

    any guesses when we’ll get people coming out of the woodwork saying because a lot arent partnering every year maybe it should be got rid of?

  2. It is interesting to note that only about 0.5% of civil partnerships end in dissolution, a number I venture to say is considerably smaller that the level for heterosexual divorce.

    This is a great rebuttal to all those homophobes who claim that gay people are incapable of being in loving relationships.

  3. Mihangel apYrs 4 Aug 2009, 12:41pm

    At the beginning, a lot of people who were in long-term relationships (some decades old) got CPed, in the absence of marriage, for the legal and financial security it gave.

    It’s obvious, then, that once the backlog has been cleared, it will be the few each year who want to make the longterm commitment.

  4. 40% of heterosexual marriages end in divorce maybe they should try civil partnerships!

  5. Brian Burton 4 Aug 2009, 3:39pm

    My Partner and I Become Civil Partnered three years ago. We had already been together longer than I’d like to mention. The reason we did this was to stop greedy relatives making claims on our worldly goods if one of us kicked the bucket.

  6. John (Derbyshire) 4 Aug 2009, 5:46pm

    We did the same Brian- on 21st.December 2005 to be precise- and we were the first same-sex couple to register in our local town. After 33 years together we thought it was long,long overdue- and the registrar agreed with us!!!

  7. Our civil partnership has survived well. We had the support of several long term partners who have been together for years- one over 40 years. Good luck to all those above- long may your partnership flourish.

  8. It is no surprise that gay relationships are more stable than straight.

  9. Congratulations to those above who have been in such long term relationships. I’ve been with my partner for eight years, and when we tell people this their reaction is usually surprise or disbelief! I think some people genuinely believe that gay men never have long term relationships.

  10. Actually I don’t want a certificate telling us we are Steerage Class citizens. That is what CPs are, second class.

  11. It is also a good way of keeping the greedy relatives away who only appear at funerals and ensuring your partner can het pension rights if you predecease him.
    Apart from that it is a nice seal to a loving and loyal relationship.

  12. upandatem 9 Aug 2009, 4:32am

    M2-It is interesting to note that only about 0.5% of civil partnerships end in dissolution, a number I venture to say is considerably smaller that the level for heterosexual divorce.

    Where’s your evidence, you know that stuff that you hate.

  13. Robert, ex-pat Brit 12 Aug 2009, 2:03pm

    Adrian, exactly right. Though civil partnerships are better than nothing, they will never be the norm across the EU and elsewhere because there are no identical unions in the rest of the member states unlike marriage. They have no portability once you leave the UK, maybe in Spain perhaps, and seven countries now offer full marriage, the bulk of them in Europe, a slowly growing trend, proof positive that marriage will always be the universal gold standard. I have no objection to anyone forming a CP, but we should not be barred from full marriage if we so choose. Even if CPs were available for straights couples (not going to happen either), I doubt if many would opt for it for the reasons I’ve already mentioned. If civil partnerships are so equal, why is it that a British gay couple marrying in any of the seven countries that permit it must have their legal marriages downgraded to a CP once they return home with a marriage certificate in their hands? My take on that is that it would open a can of worms because then the government would be compelled to allow us to marry causing a showdown with the C of E and RC cults.

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