British straight couple don't want marriage – Just gay partnership
"Denying heterosexual couples the right to have a civil partnership is heterophobic." - Peter Tatchell, Human Rights campaigner
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Marriage is something gay couples have been fighting for for years to the point of settling for civil partnership. Then comes this straight couple, Tom Freeman and Katherine Doyle (Pictured),so in love and want to legalize their union. But No! No! No! Not marriage ... just civil partnership – the form of legal union in Britain that is ONLY offered to gay couples. Unfortunately the couple were refused the permit from their local town-hall.
And why do they prefer civil partnership over marriage? The "Husband" and "Wife" titles don’t appeal to them. As a couple they feel like equal partners and want the government to recognize that.
According to Britain’s Guardian Newspaper, Freeman said:
"We want to secure official status for our relationship in a way that supports the call for complete equality and is free of the negative, sexist connotations of marriage … We are taking this stand against discrimination and in support of legal equality for everyone, regardless of sexual orientation."
Since marriage and civil partnership are practically one and the same in law, the human rights activists feel they should both be open to all couples – gay or straight.
The irony is, this couple doesn’t want what gay couples only wish to have. Isn’t this like a smack in the eye to the movement seeking to legalize gay marriage?
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