Straight Couples Want Same Rights as Gays in Britain

...their campaign is aimed at helping same-sex couples, too

By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff

Posted Dec 6, 2010 1:03 PM CST

(Newser) – In Britain, couples are fighting for “heterosexual equality”—and though that may sound homophobic, it’s not. Stephanie Munro and Andrew O'Neill plan to apply for a civil partnership this week and expect to be turned down—in Britain, such partnerships are for same-sex couples only—after which they will file a lawsuit to extend civil partnership and marriage rights to all couples, Jezebel reports. Joining them on the lawsuit will be three other heterosexual couples and four gay couples.

The Equal Love campaign aims to challenge both the heterosexual civil partnerships ban and the gay marriage ban, and was organized by an LGBT organization. “In a democratic society, everyone should be equal before the law,” says a coordinator. “There should be no legal discrimination. The twin bans on gay civil marriages and on heterosexual civil partnerships are a form of sexual apartheid. There is one law for straight couples and another law for gay partners.”

Straight couples should be allowed civil partnerships, says a campaign in Britain.
Straight couples should be allowed civil partnerships, says a campaign in Britain.   (Shutter Stock)
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