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Cardinals discuss greater respect for same-sex couples

The Catholic Church has given its most positive statement on homosexuality ever after commenting that it was time to ‘turn respectfully’ to same-sex couples and ‘appreciate the positive values’ the partnerships have. Cardinals have been meeting at the Vatican to discuss family policy and an interim report acknowledges that homosexuals have ‘gifts and qualities’ to […]

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Same-sex marriage – conversions and cross-border hazards

Author Lauren Evans is family law solicitor at Kingsley Napley LLP and a member of the firm’s International Families & Investors initiative The government recently released proposals for the conversion of civil partnerships to same-sex marriages, which have been available in England and Wales since Saturday 29 March 2014.   The plans mean that, from December […]

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Ending a same-sex marriage

With the right to marry automatically came the right to divorce. It may be a little soon to be talking about the end of a same-sex marriage, but knowing the ‘exit strategy’ is important when you sign any contract. International divorce lawyer Catherine Thomas answers some key questions on same-sex divorce.   What are the […]

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Worries over new Cabinet appointment

The Cabinet reshuffle has caused a ripple of displeasure through the gay community after a minister who voted against same-sex marriage was named as the new Education Secretary. Morgan was given the job of minister for women earlier this year although the equalities portfolio was handed to Sajid Javid, the culture secretary. Morgan does now […]

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Old Thorns

Old Thorns is an award-winning venue in Hampshire. Set in 400 acres on the boarders of the South Downs National Park, the hotel offers a picturesque setting for your celebration, providing you with memories which will last a lifetime.   Since every event is unique, here at Old Thorns we pride ourselves on offering a […]

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Same-sex marriage now legal as first couples wed

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The first same-sex weddings have taken place after gay marriage became legal in England and Wales at midnight. Politicians from the main parties have hailed the change in the law. David Cameron said the move sent a message that people were now equal “whether gay or straight”, but some religious groups remain opposed. Scotland passed […]

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First same-sex marriage registrations start

Registration has opened for the first same-sex marriages.  Weddings can’t take place until the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act 2013 becomes legal on the 29th March. However, it does mean that from today, legal marriages that have taken place overseas are now recognised in the UK. Procedures for couples to upgrade their civil partnership to […]

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Law change on nuptial agreements

  By Charlotte Bradley, head of family law, Kingsley Napley LLP The Law Commission has unveiled proposals to give greater legal recognition to nuptial agreements. Pre-and post nups, as they are known (or, for civil partners, ‘Pre-Cips’ as they are colloquially described) have been growing in popularity for several years now despite the fact they […]

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Wrecking amendment hurdle passed with ease

Opponents of equal marriage have seen their attempt to wreck the proposed amendments to the marriage act put to an end in a strong show of support from the House of Lords. Two in every three peers chose to support the changes, which will finally see marriage extended to all combinations of genders. The bill […]

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Proud to be the 1 in 10

150 LGBT adopters, foster carers and their children will march on Saturday 8 July at Pride in London to encourage […]

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