Monday , 18 December 2017

Tag Archives: civil partnerships

Manifesto Watch: Where does the SNP stand on LGBTI issues?

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In its manifesto, Moving Scotland Forward, the SNP both defends its record in government and makes proposals for building on this record. It argues the best way to protect Scotland and to advance our interests is for people to use both their votes for the SNP. There is a remarkable consensus among most Scottish political parties on many LGBTI issues. ...

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Greece Recognises Same-Sex Partnerships

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  Greece has become the 26th country to recognise same-sex partnerships, after an overwhelming majority of 194 to 55 in the Hellenic Parliament supported a new bill. Following a manifesto pledge from ruling party Syriza, the bill was published in June this year, followed by a revised bill in November. Registered partnerships for heterosexuals were introduced in 2009, and this ...

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European Parliament Calls for Greater LGBTI Rights

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In its annual Human Rights report, the European Parliament called for greater LGBTI rights both within and outwith the European Union. The report begins by calling on the EU and its members “to effectively address internal human rights challenges” including discrimination against LGBTI people. It also addresses the EU’s foreign policy in relation to LGBTI rights. The EU’s LGBTI Intergroup ...

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Cyprus to introduce civil unions

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  The Cypriot parliament has voted in favour of the Civil Partnership Bill, meaning that same-sex unions will be legally recognised in the Mediterranean republic for the first time. The House of Representatives voted by 39 to 12 in favour of extending same-sex couples in civil partnerships the same legal rights as civil marriage. However, join adoption rights were not ...

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Congratulations! Scotland allows conversion of overseas same-sex civil partnerships into marriages

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Same-sex civil partnerships from outside Scotland can now be converted into equal marriage, from this morning. Couples who have a civil partnership registered abroad or elsewhere in the UK can from today marry in Scotland, thanks to an extension to existing legislation. From Monday 2 November, civil partners registered outside Scotland will be able to change their relationship to a ...

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Politicians criticise Scottish Government’s civil partnership stance

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Scottish opposition politicians have expressed concern at the Scottish government’s announcement that it does not wish to introduce opposite-sex civil partnerships. Leading figures from the Scottish Labour, Conservative, Liberal Democrat and Green parties have been united in their calls for the Scottish government to reconsider its position. The Scottish government is currently consulting on the future of civil partnerships, but ...

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Maggie Chapman: civil partnerships should be available to all couples

Yesterday, the Scottish Government published its consultation on the future of Civil Partnerships in Scotland. I was just as surprised as many equality and human rights campaigners were that it appears the Government seems to be ruling out the introduction of opposite sex civil partnerships in Scotland. For many years, Scottish Greens and others campaigned for marriage equality, and we were delighted ...

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Edinburgh church votes for equality

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An Edinburgh congregation of the Church of Scotland has become the first to implement the new changes to the vacancy process, as confirmed in May’s General Assembly. The Kirk Session of Wardie Parish Church, which describes itself as “a caring community in North Edinburgh” and has been without a minister for two months, voted to allow its Nominating Committee to ...

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Episcopal Church Scotland commits to same-sex marriage

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The Scottish Episcopal Church has passed a historic motion that could lead it to commit its clergy to conduct same-sex marriage. The church’s General Synod voted to start a process that will enable it to  “decide whether to bring same-sex marriage into its life theologically and liturgically”. The vote followed a lengthy and detailed discussion on the nature of marriage (theological doctrine committee) ...

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Irish presbyterians in “gay ministers” boycott

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    The Presbyterian Church in Ireland has voted to boycott the Church of Scotland’s General Assembly in protest at its recent decision to allow congregations to appoint clergy in civil partnerships. The Belfast Telegraph reports that the Church of Scotland’s vote has angered many Irish presbyterian leaders, who accuse their Scottish counterparts of “mov[ing] away from the historic and ...

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