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  House of Bishops issues pastoral statement on Civil Partnerships | Church of England
Civil Partnerships- A pastoral statement from the House of Bishops of the Church of England
While many partnerships will no doubt be between gay and lesbian couples who intend to be in a sexual relationship, there is likely to be a range of circumstances in which people of the same sex choose to register a partnership, including some where this is not so.
It is likely that some who register civil partnerships will seek some recognition of their new situation and pastoral support by asking members of the clergy to provide a blessing for them in the context of an act of worship.
www.cofe.anglican.org /news/pr5605.html   (2602 words)

  
 Civil Partnerships
While many partnerships will no doubt be between gay and lesbian couples who intend to be in a sexual relationship, there is likely to be a range of circumstances in which people of the same sex choose to register a partnership, including some where this is not so.
16 It is likely that some who register civil partnerships will seek some recognition of their new situation and pastoral support by asking members of the clergy to provide a blessing for them in the context of an act of worship.
In its approach to civil partnerships the Church will continue to uphold that standard, to affirm the value of committed, sexually abstinent friendships between people of the same sex and to minister sensitively and pastorally to those Christians who conscientiously decide to order their lives differently.
www.flamefamily.co.uk /sex_gender/SGI_civilpartnerships2005.htm   (2105 words)

  
 Civil Partnerships   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-12)
A civil partnership is a legal relationship which can be registered by two people of the same sex and gives legal recognition to their relationship.
Civil partners are afforded the same provisions in the Rules that currently exist for spouses of persons present in the United Kingdom.
A civil partnership can be formed/registered once the couple have signed the civil partnership document (schedule) in the presence of a civil partnership registrar and two witnesses.
www.steam-museum.org.uk /boroughsolicitors-civilpartnerships   (749 words)

  
 Women and Equality Unit | Lesbian and Gay Issues | Civil Partnerships
Until the Civil Partnership Act comes into force, the same-sex partner of a UK national or person with settled status in the UK may be able to apply for leave to enter or remain as an unmarried partner.
Civil partners and same-sex couples living together as it they were civil partners will be treated in the same way as married couples and opposite-sex couples living together as if they were married.
Civil partners and people living together as civil partners, will be jointly and severally liable for council tax in the same way that married couples and people living together as husband and wife are jointly and severally liable.
www.womenandequalityunit.gov.uk /lgbt/faq.htm   (3796 words)

  
 Civil Partnerships
Civil partnerships are formed by the signing of a civil partnership schedule.
However Hackney considers civil partnerships to be as important as marriages and therefore couples will be encouraged to have a ceremony, saying the words to each other and their guests, before forming the partnership by signing the schedule.
a civil partnership formation at approved premises will incur a fee to the proprietors of the premises, and a fee for the attendance of the registrars, which is variable depending on the day on which the ceremony takes place.
www.hackney.gov.uk /civil-partnerships   (1059 words)

  
 Civil Partnerships - Bishop's Pastoral Letter
The Civil Partnership Act is a remedy for some victims of this injustice and, as such, should be partially welcomed by Christians.
Civil partnerships according to the 2004 Act have none of the theological content of marriage and do not therefore necessarily imply any departure from Christian doctrine.
Clergy who are considering entering civil partnership should weigh carefully the implications of their action, and how it will be perceived both by other Christians and by society at large.
www.diochi.org.uk /content/leaflet/civilpart051119.htm   (1356 words)

  
 Trades Union Congress - Civil Partnerships and Benefits   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-12)
Civil partnerships, which are due to be introduced in the near future, will have important implications for benefit rights.
Civil partnerships will be introduced throughout the UK, and there will be a registration process, like civil marriage, and a dissolution process, similar to divorce.
Civil partners will be treated like married partners for the purposes of tax, nationality and immigration, inheritance, liability for maintenance and child support, tenancies, employment and pension benefits and protection from domestic violence.
www.tuc.org.uk /welfare/tuc-10602-f0.cfm   (1934 words)

  
 Civil Partnerships
The Civil Partnership Act 2004 was implemented on 5th December 2005.
Civil Partnerships may be registered at any Register Office or Approved Premises.
Notice of Civil Partnership must be given to the Registration Authority for the area in which you have resided for the 7 days prior to giving notice.
www.caerphilly.gov.uk /yourservices/bdmcp/civilpartnerships/index.htm   (198 words)

  
 BBC NEWS | UK | 'Gay weddings' become law in UK
Hundreds of gay couples are preparing to form civil partnerships in the coming weeks as the law changes after decades of campaigning.
The first ceremonies under the Civil Partnerships Act can take place in Northern Ireland on 19 December, followed by Scotland the next day and England and Wales on 21 December.
"Our view is that civil partnerships are transformative for the lives of individual couples and their rights, but also for society more generally.
news.bbc.co.uk /1/hi/uk/4493094.stm   (764 words)

  
 Civil partnerships in the United Kingdom - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Civil partners of peers or knights are not entitled to the courtesy title to which a peer's wife would be entitled.
The first partnerships formed in the UK should have all happened on 21 December, but due to a misinterpretation of the waiting period, the first in Scotland were held on 20 December.
The first civil partnerships in England and Wales were formed on 21 December 2005, with Westminster, Hampshire, Hammersmith and Fulham and Brighton and Hove conducting the largest numbers.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Civil_partnership   (2554 words)

  
 Civil partnerships - Wife's Gone
When civil partnership is introduced there will be important changes affecting same-sex couples who claim income related benefits, regardless of whether the couple decide to form a civil partnership.
You can give notice of your intention to form a civil partnership from 5 December 2005 and the earliest a civil partnership can be formed is 21 December 2005.
Dissolution is the term used to describe the termination of a civil partnership.
www.wifesgone.com /content/Civil_partnerships/272/index.asp   (388 words)

  
 Civil Partnerships For Gay Men and Lesbians
The Civil Partnership Act is revolutionary new legislation in the UK which allows gay and lesbian couples, who decide to register their same-sex partnerships, to be able to enjoy the same legal and financial advantages that married couples have always enjoyed.
If your partnership is registered under one of these recognised schemes you do not need to register under the UK’s civil partnerships arrangements – you will automatically be treated as having formed a civil partnership.
Civil partnerships are allowed from 5 December 2005, but due to the 15 day “cooling off” period actual registrations will not be able to be made until 21 December 2005.
www.gayfinance.info /civil-partnerships/civil-partnerships.htm   (1817 words)

  
 Civil partnerships
Civil partnership is a new legal relationship for lesbian and gay couples, aged 16 and over.
If you register your partnership you will be able to gain responsibility for each other's children, and will have a duty to provide reasonable maintenance for your partner and any children of the family.
Civil partners will be treated in the same way as spouses for tax purposes.
www.gay-friendly-wedding-venues.com /civil-partnerships.php   (550 words)

  
 Civil Partnerships
The registration of a civil partnership is a legal matter and there are a number of requirements laid down by law affecting those seeking to enter into a civil partnership.
A belief that civil partnerships are contrary to God’s word, in which is seen a clear condemnation of sexual activity between those of the same gender.
A belief that the Church should not encourage the blessing of civil partnerships because we should affirm the institution of marriage for the strengthening of society.
www.urc.org.uk /our_work/committees/church_society/civil_partnerships.htm   (3329 words)

  
 British usher in civil gay partnerships - The Boston Globe
LONDON -- Gay couples began registering for civil partnerships at town halls across Britain yesterday, as a law took effect giving them many of the same legal rights as married heterosexuals.
Although the law stops short of allowing same-sex couples to marry, many said they were still eager to claim the benefits and official recognition of their relationships, for which some have waited decades.
In 2000, the government lifted a longstanding ban on gays serving in the armed forces and lowered the homosexual age of consent to 16, the same as for heterosexuals.
www.boston.com /news/world/europe/articles/2005/12/06/british_usher_in_civil_gay_partnerships   (605 words)

  
 R U S S E L L - C O O K E : services : civil partnership
Civil Partnership is only available to same sex couples; on the basis that mixed sex couples are able to acquire such rights through marriage.
Civil partnerships are treated as relationships similar to marriage in the UK.
LAGLA were invited to respond to the government's proposal on the Civil Partnership Act and, as an expert in her field, Fiona was called upon to examine the draft act.
www.russell-cooke.co.uk /serv_ind_civil_partnership.htm   (1485 words)

  
 Civil Partnerships   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-12)
On the question of homosexual clergy entering into civil partnerships, the Bishops say that clergy will have to give an undertaking to uphold church teaching in order to take advantage of the new arrangements.
While a small number of Bishops supported amendments in the House of Lords to broaden civil partnerships to include siblings, carers and so on, most of the Bishops who participated voted all the way for this pale imitation of marriage for homosexual couples.
In fact what the Bishops should have done is to publicly prohibit clergy entering into civil partnerships, taking the risk that some would defy them, while engaging in theological study and debate on same-sex friendship.
www.freerepublic.com /focus/religion/1467274/posts   (824 words)

  
 Paul Perkin on civil partnerships   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-12)
The House considers that lay people who have registered civil partnerships ought not to be asked to give assurances about the nature of their relationship before being admitted to baptism, confirmation and communion.
However, ‘where clergy are approached by people asking for prayer in relation to entering into a civil partnership they should respond pastorally and sensitively in the light of the circumstances of each case’.
However, the House ‘considers that lay people who have registered civil partnerships ought not to be asked for assurances about the nature of their relationship before being admitted to baptism, confirmation and communion’.
www.freerepublic.com /focus/f-religion/1459795/posts   (1275 words)

  
 UNICEF - Civil society partnerships - About Partnerships
Building a world that is fit for children requires the partnership of every government, every individual and every organization sharing the values of the United Nations (UN) and a respect for children's rights.
‘Partnerships for shared success’ is one of UNICEF’s strategies for implementing the World Fit For Children plan of action, a rigorous plan for promoting healthy lives, providing quality basic education, combating HIV/AIDS and protecting children from abuse, exploitation and violence that was agreed to at the UN Special Session on Children in May 2002.
Civil society organizations, including international non-governmental organization (NGO) partners, are closely involved in UNICEF’s work in 155 countries where UNICEF is active.
www.unicef.org /about/partnerships/index.html   (445 words)

  
 hertsdirect.org Civil partnerships   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-12)
Same sex couples across the UK can now have their relationships legally recognised and any couple that registers a civil partnership will have the same rights as a married couple in areas like tax, social security, inheritance and workplace benefits.
The Registration Service is delighted to offer Partnership Ceremonies for couples wishing to mark and celebrate their commitment and devotion to each other with a formal and meaningful ceremony.
The first step in registering a civil partnership is to give notice of your intention to register at your local Register Office.
www.hertsdirect.org /yrccouncil/localgovorg/register/partceremonies   (281 words)

  
 Registration Service - Civil Partnerships
It is possible to form a civil partnership at a Register Office or at an Approved Premises currently licensed for marriage and civil partnership.
The partnership is formed once the couple have signed the legal document in the presence of a registration officer and two witnesses.
The fees for the attendance of the civil partnership registrar at the registration of a civil partnership on approved premises is set by the registration authority for the area where the building is situated.
www.hants.gov.uk /regulatory/registration/civil.html   (479 words)

  
 Civil Partnership Act 2004 - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
These civil partnerships are aimed at same-sex couples and are not available to couples of opposite sex.
However, the rights and responsibilities of a civil partnership are not limited to gay and lesbian couples; they are legally available to "almost any unrelated couple of the same sex".
In the debate on the Bill in the House of Lords on June 24, 2004, an amendment to extend eligibility for civil partnership to blood relatives who had lived together for a minimum period of time, such as children caring for elderly parents, was moved by Conservative peer Baroness O'Cathain and approved.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Civil_Partnership_Act_2004   (595 words)

  
 Civil-partnerships
A recent change in UK Law, the Civil Partnership Act 2004, allows Same Sex couples to have a 'Civil Partnership' ceremony, which is very similar to a registry office wedding.
The Civil Partnership Act came into force on the 5th December 2005, allowing for ceremonies to take place from the 21st December, 2005.
The procedure is 'civil' in Britain, with the partners merely signing documents, whereas a marriage becomes binding when partners exchange spoken words in a civil or religious ceremony.
www.hintsandthings.com /spareroom/civil-partnerships.htm   (715 words)

  
 DWP - Services and benefits - Civil Partnership
Civil partnership is a new legal relationship, which can be registered by two people of the same sex, allowing legal recognition.
The Civil Partnership Act came into force on 5 December 2005.
As a result of the introduction of the Civil Partnership Act there will be important changes affecting same-sex couples who claim income-related benefits, regardless of whether the couple decide to form a civil partnership.
www.dwp.gov.uk /lifeevent/workage/civilpartnerships.asp   (138 words)

  
 Marriage, cohabitation and civil partnership : Directgov - Rights and responsibilities
The Civil Partnership Act 2004 came into force on 5 December 2005 and enables same-sex couples to obtain legal recognition of their relationship.
A civil partnership can be formed in England and Wales at a register office or approved premises.
Since civil partnerships were introduced there have been important changes affecting same-sex couples who claim income-related benefits, regardless of whether the couple decide to form a civil partnership.
www.direct.gov.uk /en/RightsAndResponsibilities/DG_10026937   (902 words)

  
 6,500 couples opt for civil partnerships but ceremony creates new problems | Special reports | Guardian Unlimited
But new academic research into the issue of civil partnerships (from the Morgan Centre for the Study of Relationships and Personal Life at the University of Manchester) shows that the revised arrangement, while bringing much needed clarity, has quietly thrown up new problems.
Some are political, such as the need to face friends who believe opting for a civil partnership represents "selling out" to heterosexual norms or succumbing to "heteronormativity".
Most welcomed the financial safeguards achieved by entering into a civil partnership but 80% said they had made wills to safeguard their partner prior to the legislation taking effect.
www.guardian.co.uk /gayrights/story/0,,1839533,00.html   (883 words)

  
 Civil Partnerships
Civil partners become responsible for each others children, and will have a duty to provide reasonable maintenance for their partner and children.
If a person chooses to change their name to that of their partner's, government departments and agencies such as the Passport Agency and the DVLA will accept civil partnership certificates in the same way that they accept marriage certificates as evidence for changing names.
As with marriage, it will be possible to dissolve a Civil Partnership through the civil courts – using the same grounds.
www.nottinghamcity.gov.uk /sitemap/psg_civil_partnerships   (788 words)

  
 Civil Partnerships - The Village Citizens Advice Bureau   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-12)
The attempt by fervant opponents of the Bill to treat Civil Partnerships as a tax avoidance scheme has been pushed time and again in earlier debates in the Lords but this time it received the backing of the Tory party in the Lords, where they still hold a majority.
The report also warned that the failure to include any rules on consent in the bill might result in people entering civil partnerships "under duress", and said this should be reconsidered in the interests of ensuring parity with protection afforded to married couples.
The issue of using religious buildings for partnership ceremonies was addressed by the Lords last wednesday and there was little support for allowing faiths to make their own minds up as the opponents believed it would effectively create 'gay marriages'.
www.civilpartnerships.org.uk /index.php?page=2   (665 words)

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