Anti-gay marriage Tory MP tables bill for straight civil partnerships
A former children’s minister who was accused of trying to “wreck” the government’s same-sex marriage law has tabled a bill for heterosexual civil partnerships.
He had unsuccessfully pushed for civil partnerships to be an option for heterosexual couples.
But many in Westminster feared the amendment was an attempt to “wreck” the law because it could have delayed its passage beyond the 2015 general election.
Two months’ prior, the MP defended his opposition to equal marriage by saying: “I have also heard from a number of gay people telling me: ‘We don’t need this. We don’t want to go and get married’.”
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The Civil Partnership Act 2004 (Amendment) Bill will receive its second reading vote in the Commons on 17 October.
Mr Loughton’s Private Members’ Bill would simply remove the words “same-sex” from the original 2004 Civil Partnership Act.
In June, the UK Government ruled out extending civil partnerships to heterosexual couples, but confirmed same-sex couples in civil partnerships will be able to convert them to marriages from 10 December.
Human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell and the British Humanist Society have repeatedly lobbied for the extension of civil partnerships to heterosexual couples.
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