We campaigned and we got them but of course with diverse sexuality comes diverse tastes, from the surprisingly understated Elton and David nuptials to the Ellen and Portia fairytale. We have a look at the ins and outs of a civil partnership celebration and how to make it one to remember for all the right reasons.
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Tickled Pink magazine takes us through their vital statistics about civil partnerships by answering all those important questions from who-to-what-to-when-to-how they cover all you need to know about civil partnerships.
Tickled Pink magazine takes us through the vital statistics about civil partnerships by answering all those important questions from who-to-what-to-when-to-how they cover all you need to know about civil partnerships.
What is a civil partnership?
It’s society’s way of finally publicly recognising that you and your same-sex partner do want to live happily ever after in the eyes of all those who know - and love - you. It’s also legally binding so it’s not something to do for a laugh.
How many of you have done it?
Lots of you.
But perhaps the most famous person in Britain still to have tied the knot is Sir Elton John who wed David Furnish, his partner of 11 years, in Windsor in December 2005.
Is there an age limit?
Yes.You must be over 18 to tie the knot - or have written permission if you are 16 or 17.
What perks do we get by tying the knot?
Plenty. Including the right to your partner's pension. You will be treated the same as a married, straight couple. But remember, with rights come responsibilities. You will also have the right to register your partner's death, the right to bereavement benefits and you don't have to pay inheritance tax.
When did the law change?
The Civil Partnership Act came into force on 5th December 2005, which paved the way for the UK's first gay 'marriages' on Wenesday December 21. But ardent gay rights activist Peter Tatchell was not altogether happy. He said they represented a form of ‘sexual apartheid’ because they were considered 'partnerships' and not 'marriages'.
Can we tie the knot in church?
Not yet - but it seems to be on the cards. For now, though, you can either register your civil partnership in a register office or anywhere you want in the UK, provided the venue holds a licence for civil weddings. But do bear in mind that some are nicer than others. And that goes for the staff too...
What about the parents?
In September 2006 a survey showed that it was very important to couples that their parents were involved in their civil partnerships.
However, it emerged that 22% of couples questioned had decided not to invite their parents because they had never accepted their homosexuality. One said: ‘Obviously they love us but they do not agree with homosexuality. They take the Bible’s stance on it but they are not hyper religious or anything.’
Those, though, who did invite their parents said it had brought them closer ...
What about the relatives?
The same survey highlighted the fears of some in inviting potentially homophobic relatives. They said they did not want to risk them being unpleasant to other guests at the ceremony.
Who did it first on radio?
Ian Craig and Adam Macy from the BBC’s long-running radio soap, The Archers, made soap history by becoming the first gay couple to take part in a civil partnership on 14th December 2006. The Archers is set in the fictional village of Ambridge. The love story had begun with a kiss in April 2004.
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