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Multi-millionaire City analyst wins ‘gay divorce’ appeal but must pay vast settlement

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  1. Dennis Battler 29 Mar 2012, 5:50pm

    If the lesser earning partner performing the same duties within the long term relationship were a woman, would the judgement be different? Seems to me a marriage/ civil union, by modern standards, is a “thing of equality” – isn’t that what women have been banging on about? If in fact marriage/ civil union is a legal construction for equal partnership, this is an entirely biased judgment in favour of the highest breadwinner. If this were a case of a man and a woman, it is doubtful this judgement would be as unequal as this one is. Bottom line, we as gay men and women, have achieved nothing of equality.

    1. In favour of the highest breadwinner? Well they do kinda pay more….

  2. Robert in S. Kensington 29 Mar 2012, 5:59pm

    To the PN Staff Writer of this article. This is not a divorce settlement. Divorce doesn’t exist in a Civil Partnership, only a dissolution of the contract. Another fact to prove that they are not equal to marriage, nor is it a question of semantics. The law is the law. Divorce under British law only exists for straights, currently.

    1. Well stated, sir. We’re not equal until our rights and responsibilities are equal. Disappointing are many US married gay couples who accept being called “partners” instead of “spouses”, “husbands” or “wives”. A marriage is not a business arrangement and I don’t know a single married heterosexual who refers to his or her spouse as a “partner”. Even our nomenclature is second-class

      1. Robert in S. Kensington 29 Mar 2012, 7:26pm

        Maybe we should start referring to the wives and husbands of the straight opponents of equal civil marriage as “partners” or “significant others”, just to annoy them. Give them a dose of their own medicine for a change and let them experience what it’s like to have their relationship relegated to second class citizenship, something less than best.

      2. de Villiers 29 Mar 2012, 8:37pm

        Have you got nothing better to do than annoy people?

      3. Actually, it is not uncomon. I used to live in The NL, and there, couples are called ‘partners’ more often than not. Poeple dont mind

  3. drunk as a... 29 Mar 2012, 6:24pm

    Ok glass half full time- there is now a single multi millionaire out there guys and he’s only in his 40′s!

  4. Robert in S. Kensington 29 Mar 2012, 7:29pm

    With all the rambling by our opponents that CPs are equal and sufficient. Why doesn’t someone ask any of them if they were available to straights, why wouldn’t they consider just such a non-married union and see what their responses would be if CPs are so equal? That would really call their bluff and prove just how stupid and bigoted they are.

    1. de Villiers 29 Mar 2012, 8:38pm

      This is not a story about the merits of CP v gay marriage. It is about settlement after the relationship has broken down.

  5. This story was picked up by news channels like Sky, not because of the amount (it’s small beer by some standards), not because there’s a stage personality involved (he’s not well known), but because of the the ‘gay divorce’ angle (plus a so-called fat cat banker to boot). I may be paranoid, but if these were two straights, it eouldn’t make the news. That Pink News choses to repeat it fells disappointing.

    And as pointed out before, it’s not a divorce, but a disolution.

    1. SP: feels, wouldn’t. 7/10

    2. But it’s a new development, without many widely-understood precendents, and therefore newsworthy.

      1. But married people have been divorcing for decades The precedent is established. Is ‘civil partnership dissolution treated same as divorce’ really news?

        1. Yes, and once upon a time divorces were rare enough to make the newspapers. Some still do, especially if there’s someone well-off involved.

  6. I don’t understand why he should get so much when he clearly didn’t contribute as much.

    1. For the same reason that many women known as “housewives” sometimes get large amounts in settlements: the contribution to the success of a working relationship isn’t always financial, but someone who’s possibly put in years of effort shouldn’t necessarily be excluded from, say, the financial appreciation of assets.

  7. Dennis, I take serious issue with you.

    1) The fact that ‘we’ haven’t achieved what YOU want does NOT mean we have achieved ‘nothing’. It just means that we haven’t achieved what YOU want, and frankly, to claim that the years of striving by gay activists has achieved ‘nothing’ is damned rude, sulky, childish and selfish.

    2) This car has in fact made it totally and 100% clear that the courses regard Civil Partnership and in particular the dissolution of such as 100% equal under the law with traditional, heterosexual marriage. There are many, many divorce cases where the partners receive unequal shares and this can be for a wide variety of often very good reasons. What you see in this case is the rigorous application of fairness. The loser and his lawyers are trying to sell this as a gay rights story. It is not.

    I don’t know you – but I know people like you. You want to be a victim and you read everything that happens as evidence that you are.

    Grow up.

    1. There are many, many divorce cases where the partners receive unequal shares and this can be for a wide variety of often very good reasons

      For example, Roman Abramovich’s wife got an enormous amount of money when she divorced him but it was actually only some 2% of his worth.

  8. Patrick Eagan M.Sc.Nursing R.N. 2 Apr 2012, 12:00pm

    after all the work done to get us the right to wed. here we are embattled in court divorces. boy most of us including the lesbian population can not commit to a house plant let alone each other. please give up the b.s. and quit the b.s.

    1. They were in a relationship for 11 years, a lot of straight couples don’t last that long, I know relationships that have been together for 25 years longer than most straight relationships.

  9. Iain Maxstead 2 Apr 2012, 12:26pm

    I feel this is a very sad end to a LTR 11 years of their lives gone and ending with such unhappiness, I trust this situation is one they can both move on from. Money is so evil at times who cares where you live or how much “home” is worth, the love in the home is what matters and if the love has gone then so has the heart of the home….. I would like to wish both men every happiness and the restoration of love in their homes …. sad days can be followed with happy ones x

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