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Hong Kong: Equal Opportunities chair says same-sex civil unions are ‘feasible’

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  1. Colin (London) 23 Oct 2013, 12:02pm

    What is wrong with marriage for same sex couples???

    Why go the slow route when many other countries have shown the way?

    The Equal Opportunities Chairman is the stumbling block here. It’s up to them to push this and show that what is happening around the globe can be accepted by part of the world known for it’s adaptability.

  2. Despite several particular countries (e. g. previously Denmark and now UK), legally civil unions are specifically designed not to provide the same protections as marriage. They usually do not offer any international recognition and mostly address the issue of recognition by the governmental bodies. Even Institutions of European Union do not recognise civil unions, unless the term is included in a particular legal act. Except in cases specifically indicated in the civil union legislation, private businesses are not required to treat civil partners in the same way as spouses or pay attention to them at all.

    So civil unions, no matter how advanced the legislation might be, is only “better than nothing”.

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