Tag Archives: Legal

“Bi Do”: Bisexuals and Marriage

Getting the marriage we want out of the consultation Most BCN readers will have heard by now that the government has launched its consultation on same-sex civil marriage.  Civil partnerships and marriage are being treated separately but both are facing changes: the first religious venues have now been licensed to host same-sex civil partnerships, while in Scotland and in England […]

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Pension Rights…

As BCN went to press, Labour MP James Purnell was launching a parliamentary bill to give pension rights to unmarried couples – including same-sex couples. The Bill would ensure that all public sector pension schemes allowed partners to receive from survivor benefits, should the employee die. Married couples in a similar situation already have this right.

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Changing Sexual Offences

Proposed changes to the sexual offences legislation have been brought forward which have had a mixed reception as something of a ‘two steps forward one step back’ reform. The Sexual Offences Bill will: Repeal the current offence of buggery (Section 12 of the Sexual Offences Act 1956) Repeal the ‘privacy’ provisions which outlaw gay sex involving more than one person […]

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