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So yr fine :D
1) Parity of civil partnerships for heterosexual couples.
2) Adultery and Consummation laws are still... fucked.
3) The Church of England is locked from having to perform them, so that's not quite fair is it?
4) Pension rights too are not sorted out.
the law has left so many tiny little scraps of shit here and there it's going to be fucking years before it is sorted out properly.
I forgot to mention that Trans laws are even worse.
For all the progress made over the past 15 years, this particular law is more like window dressing for PR reasons. It's like putting half a cherry on top of a cake that's already been baked.
if only because of it's effect of trans people.
it's in here: http://www.gaystarnews.com/article/six-ways-gay-marriage-england-and-wales-isn%E2%80%99t-quite-%E2%80%98equal%E2%80%99170713
and here: http://www.gaystarnews.com/article/trans-people-left-behind-england-and-wales-equal-marriage-bill200513
but before this act, you would have had to have received a divorce to get a gender reassignment certificate.
there aren't nearly enough votes in it for Cameron.
That aside, arguing that Cameron is doing any of this to garner votes given the amount of shit he's been given for it by his grass roots and the negative press that's come with it is pretty cheap ideological trolling.
I still can't see many of the UKIP supporters actually voting for the party in the next general election - they'll return to the Tory fold.
He needs to get centre-ground people on side, and there are a lot of them there now that the Liberal Democrats have committed hari-kari.
Although I still find the whole civil partnership request for heterosexuals baffling. So far as I can see it only ever existed because the last time out no one wanted to try to take on the Church. Requesting it be available for all seems (to me) a bit like requesting some god-awful dubbed-swearing, no-blood cut of Total Recall ITV once did be released on Blu Ray for anyone who fondly remembers the network's ability to ruin a good movie for television...
just that I don't get what they offer that marriage doesn't. I've looked about and never really seen anything. The two should be seen as equally valid, so basically there shouldn't be a need for two things to fulfil exactly the same job.
and allow people to 'top-up' with a religious blessing if they want to?