technicolourzebra said: Civil Partnerships have been around for a while now, you know? I don’t see what the fuss is all about tbh, it’s a different name for essentially the same thing. Then again, I don’t believe in marriage, so….
Yes, civil partnership has been legal for a while, but it was illegal to host a civil partnership ceremony within a church before, since a lot of Christians/Catholics believe that gay couples are against the word of God. Now it’s legal.
Civil partnership and marriage are actually very different. They may look the same on the outside, but if you look into it, you’ll find how different it really is. I couldn’t give you a list of differences because I’m no expert, but long story short, you and your partner gain different rights when you enter a civil partnership than when you enter a marriage.
To be honest, I don’t really believe in marriage either. The way I see it, I don’t need a ring and a legal document to tell me who I love, and I believe that people can be in a committed, dedicated, happy relationship without marrying (look at HBC and Tim Burton for example). I do, however, believe in equal rights, and I will fight for them until my dying day. I’m even more passionate when it involves LGBTQ rights. And while the government may say that this new development makes things equal, they couldn’t be more wrong.
Until they give same sex couples the same rights as opposite sex couples (and letting them host the ceremony in a church is NOT giving them equal rights), I will stand by this and be pissed off about it.