Case for Heterosexual Civil Partnerships Goes to Supreme Court

The case to make civil partnerships available to everyone is heading to the Supreme Court.
Rebecca Steinfeld, 36, and Charles Keidan, 40, will argue that by only allowing civil partnerships for same-sex couples, the Government is contravening equality laws.  

They believe that if there’s a choice to be had then it should be available to everyone regardless of sexual orientation.

And for better or worse, marriage comes with a lot of baggage; it isn’t everyone that wants religion and patriarchy associated with their relationship.

But marriage does offer couples a number of legal, financial and ethical securities that aren’t so easily available to cohabiting couples.

The Court of Appeal had previously agreed that there may be a breach of equality but, as there was talk of scrapping civil partnerships entirely, it argued that the Government should be given more time to reach a solution.

If the Supreme Court overturns the Court of Appeal’s decision, then it’s likely that we’ll see some opp…

High Court in Belfast to Rule on Same-Sex Marriage Today

A High Court in Belfast will return a verdict on same-sex marriage in Northern Ireland later today.
Northern Ireland remains the only part of the United Kingdom without an equal marriage law.
It does not recognise overseas gay marriages, either, including those legally made in Scotland, England and Wales.
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There are two gay marriage cases under consideration:
Case number one is concerned with the right of same-sex couples to marry. Those bringing the action to court argue that a ban is discriminatory and undermines the human rights of same-sex couples.

Australians Will Vote on Gay Marriage

The Australian Government will ask its citizens to vote on same-sex marriage.
The postal vote will be voluntary with ballots expected to be sent out early September.
Public opinion for same-sex marriage is at its highest.
A recent poll suggested that 67% of Australian women and 59% of men would vote yes to making it legal.
So the vote is good news then?
Not entirely.
Critics are calling it a £74 million opinion poll.
Because the public vote won’t be binding.  It’s the politicians who’ll have the final say, and they’ll have a free vote. So this is an expensive and frustrating way to test the national mood.
LGBT campaigners

Wedding Package with a Three-Course Meal for 50 Guests at Stonehouse Court Hotel (60% Off)

Looking for a wedding venue in Gloucester?
The gorgeous Stonehouse Court is a 36-bedroom, 17th-century manor house set in six acres of stunning grounds, and they have a fantastic offer available on Groupon.

Wedding Package with a Three-Course Meal for 50 Guests at Stonehouse Court Hotel (60% Off)
£2385 for a wedding package with a three-course breakfast for 50 guests

The wedding package includes:

Function room hireThree-course wedding breakfastReception drinks of Buck’s Fizz or orange juiceA glass of sparkling wine for the toastEvening buffetUse of the cake stand and knifeWhite linen cloths and napkinsFour poster room or next available for the night of the wedding for the newlywedsClassic room for the bride the night before the wedding

First Gay Wedding Takes Place in Scottish Episcopal Church

In June 2017, the Scottish Episcopal Church announced that same-sex marriages would be permitted in chapels and churches.

According to The Guardian newspaper, a simple and intimate ceremony has since taken place in Edinburgh between two American men with close ties to Scotland.
LGBT campaigners have been greatly encouraged by the Episcopal Church's decision, but the news hasn’t been welcomed by other Anglican Christians.

Of the 45 churches in the international Anglican community,  they almost all oppose same-sex marriage.
Gay marriage and homosexuality are difficult su

P&O Now Offering Same-Sex Weddings at Sea

P&O is allowing same-sex weddings on board its ships from January 2018.
The Anglo-American cruise company has 7 of its 8 ships registered in Bermuda from where the marriage licenses will be issued.
Gay marriage was legalised in Bermuda in May 2017, following a ruling by the island's Supreme Court. Until the marriage law changed, P&O, and other cruise companies like Cunard, were unable to offer weddings to same-sex couples.
Fortunately, now they can and they're already taking bookings.

Rather romantically, couples who marry on board will have their ceremony performed by the ship’s captain.
Find out more on P&O’s website.
Cunard has just announced that it, too, will offer same-sex weddings on board its ships. So we're looking forward to seeing some of the gorgeous ocean weddings taking place later this year.
One thing worth returning to is this excellent clap-back that Bermudian newspaper -- The Royal Gazette --  gave to critics of the island’s new marriage law -- it…

Wedding Spotlight: Crown and Thistle in Abingdon-on-Thames

We’re absolutely delighted to welcome the Crown and Thistle in Abingdon-on-Thames to the Pink Wedding Days directory.

The Crown and Thistle is a Grade II-listed historic coaching inn dating back to 1605.

This superb wedding venue has character and charm by the bucket load along with everything else the discerning modern couple could want: state of the art sound and audio systems, sumptuous food, fast WiFi and a private bar in The Barn.

Its gorgeous rooms are ideal for overnight stays and the venue's conscientious, professional and dedicated staff will ensure that your wedding day runs smoothly.

At the Crown and Thistle, the modern and the historical blend effortlessly into one must-see wedding venue.

Here’s what the venue has to say:“Set in the heart of the historic town of Abingdon-on-Thames, The Crown & Thistle offers a magical setting that can be transformed for your wedding celebrations. The