Straight cou­ples polled over civil part­ner­ships

The Scottish Mail on Sunday - - Comment -

STRAIGHT cou­ples will be asked by the Gov­ern­ment if they would like the op­tion of hav­ing a civil part­ner­ship rather than get­ting mar­ried.

Min­is­ter for Women Vic­to­ria Atkins is to launch a poll on the is­sue this month.

The move comes be­fore the start of a Supreme Court case to­mor­row chal­leng­ing the law re­strict­ing civil part­ner­ships same-sex cou­ples.

Last night a Equal Civil Part­ner­ships cam­paign spokes­woman said: ‘It’s time to ex­tend civil part­ner­ships to all now.’ But Tom Pas­coe, of the Mar­riage Coali­tion, said: ‘Mar­riage re­mains the gold stan­dard for adult re­la­tion­ships.’

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