Equal Love case goes to European Court

Legal bid for gay marriages and heterosexual civil partnerships

Eight couples file joint application on 2 February

Professor Robert Wintemute outlines the legal case for equality

Photo call:
9.30am, Wednesday 2 February
Corner Abingdon Street and Great College Street, SW1
(diagonally opposite the House of Lords)

Equal Love – European Court application launch
10.30am, Tuesday 2 February
Committee Room 17
House of Commons

“Eight British couples will formally file a joint legal application to the European Court of Human Rights this Wednesday, 2 February, in a bid to overturn the twin bans on gay civil marriages and heterosexual civil partnerships,” announced human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell of the LGBT human rights group OutRage!.

The European Court challenge will be formally announced at a meeting in Committee Room 17 at the House of Commons at 10.30am, booked in the name of Caroline Lucas MP. Ms Lucas is the keynote speaker.

Prior to this meeting, there will be a photo call at 9.30am, where the couples filing the European Court challenge will post their application in the red letter box at the corner of Abingdon Street and Great College Street, SW1, diagonally opposite the House of Lords.

Peter Tatchell is coordinator of the Equal Love campaign – www.equalove.org.uk – which seeks to end sexual orientation discrimination in both civil marriage and civil partnership law. Continue reading

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European Court case launched for Equal Love

But formal filing of Court application postponed

Lord Lester QC keynote speaker at Equal Love launch

Four gay couples and four straight couples today announced their intention to file a joint application to the European Court of Human Rights, in a bid to overturn the twin bans on gay civil marriages and heterosexual civil partnerships. They want both institutions opened up to all couples, without discrimination based on sexual orientation.

“The formal filing of the application to the European Court of Human Rights was postponed after Camden register office inadvertently failed, at the last moment, to provide a valid letter of rejection to one of the heterosexual couples who were refused a civil partnership. Such a letter is required evidence, in order to demonstrate to the European Court that the couple suffered discrimination based on their sexual orientation,” said human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell, coordinator of the Equal Love campaign, which is organising the legal challenge.

Mr Tatchell opened this morning’s European Court case launch news confernce:

“This postponement is frustrating. It has delayed the formal application but it will not prevent it. Once we have the final letter of refusal, we will go ahead with the application, probably in the second week of January,” he said.

Mr Tatchell told the news conference: “Banning black couples from getting married would provoke national and international condemnation. The prohibition on gay marriages is equally outrageous.” Continue reading

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Equal Love – European Court case seeks equality

Legal bid for gay marriage and heterosexual civil partnership

Eight couples file joint application on Tuesday 21 December on the 5th anniversary of the first civil partnerships in England

Professor Robert Wintemute outlines the legal case for equality

“Eight British couples will file a joint application to the European Court of Human Rights on  Tuesday 21 December, in a bid to overturn the twin bans on gay civil marriages and heterosexual civil partnerships,” announced human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) human rights group OutRage!.
 
The application and legal arguments will be outlined by Peter Tatchell and Professor Robert Wintemute at a news conference on Tuesday, followed by a seminar on the issue chaired by Lord Lester QC. Continue reading

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Equal Love appeal to European Court of Human Rights

Legal bid for gay marriage and heterosexual civil partnership

Eight couples will file joint application on 21 December, the 5th anniversary of civil partnerships in England

Professor Robert Wintemute outlines the legal case for equality

“Eight British couples will file a joint application to the European Court of Human Rights next Tuesday, 21 December, in a bid to overturn the twin bans on gay civil marriages and heterosexual civil partnerships,” announced human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell of the LGBT human rights group OutRage!.

Mr Tatchell is coordinator of the Equal Love campaign – www.equalove.org.uk – which seeks to end sexual orientation discrimination in civil marriage and civil partnership law.

“Over the last two months, four same-sex couples were refused marriage licenses at register offices in Greenwich, Northampton and Petersfield. During the same period, four heterosexual couples were turned away when they applied for civil partnerships in Islington, Camden, Bristol and Aldershot,” added Mr Tatchell. Continue reading

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Tim & Lucy apply for a Civil Partnership

ALDERSHOT, UK – 14 Dec 2010 — A heterosexual couple, Lucy Hilken and Tim Garrett applied for a civil partnership at the Aldershot Register Office on Tuesday 14 December in a direct challenge to the UK’s legal ban on opposite-sex civil partnerships. Their application was refused. The couple plan to take legal action in the courts to strike down the prohibition on heterosexual civil partnerships, as part of the Equal Love campaign.

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Heterosexual civil partnership blocked in Aldershot

Eight couples have now been refused legal equality

Legal challenge will be launched on 21 December in London

A heterosexual couple, Lucy Hilken and Tim Garrett, had their application for a civil partnership refused at Aldershot Register Office on Tuesday 14 December. The registrar cited the legal ban on opposite-sex civil partnerships as the reason for the rejection.

See these photos of Lucy and Tim at Aldershot register office:
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These photos are free to use, without charge, but please credit Brett Lock.

Tim and Lucy now plan to commence legal action in the courts, together with seven other couples who have been similarly refused.

This joint legal action is scheduled to be launched in the Great Hall at King’s College London at 10am on 21 December. Continue reading

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Civil partnership bid by straight couple

‘Equal Love’ campaign seeks to end sexual orientation discrimination

Tuesday 14 December 2010
11am
Aldershot Register Office
30 Grosvenor Road
Aldershot, GU11 3EB

A heterosexual couple, Lucy Hilken and Tim Garrett, will challenge the legal ban on straight civil partnerships by filing an application at Aldershot Register Office this Tuesday, 14 December 2010 at 11am.

They’d prefer a civil partnership, rather than a civil marriage. It’s less sexist and more egalitarian, they say. Continue reading

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Stephanie & Andrew apply for a civil partnership

LONDON, UK – 8 Dec 2010 – A heterosexual couple, Stephanie Munro and Andrew O’Neill applied for a civil partnership at the Camden Town Hall on Tuesday 8 December in a direct challenge to the UK’s legal ban on opposite-sex civil partnerships. Their application was refused. The couple plan to take legal action in the courts to strike down the prohibition on heterosexual civil partnerships, as part of the Equal Love campaign.

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Heterosexual couple denied a civil partnership

‘Equal Love’ campaign opposes exclusion of straight couples

Next stage: legal action in the courts in late December

A heterosexual couple, Stephanie Munro and Andrew O’Neill, were refused a civil partnership at Camden Register Office this morning, Wednesday 8 December. The registrar cited the legal ban on opposite-sex civil partnerships as the reason for the refusal.

See these photos of Stephanie and Andrew at Camden register office:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/outrage/sets/72157625430454371/
These photos are free to use, without charge, but please credit Brett Lock.

They now plan to commence legal action in the courts, together with seven other couples. This joint legal appeal is scheduled to be launched on 21 December. Continue reading

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Heterosexual couple seek civil partnership

Discrimination against straight couples challenged

‘Equal Love’ campaign wants to end sexual orientation discrimination

Wednesday 8 December 2010
10am
Register Office
Camden Town Hall
Judd Street, WC1H 9JE
(off Euston Road, diagonally opposite St Pancras station)

A heterosexual couple, Stephanie Munro and Andrew O’Neill, will challenge the legal ban on straight civil partnerships by filing an application at Camden Register Office this Wednesday 8 December 2010 at 10am.

They are demanding “heterosexual equality.”

The denial of civil partnerships to opposite-sex couples is, they say, “unjust, discriminatory and illegal under the Human Rights Act.” Continue reading

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