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B- Civil Partnerships should be understood in the same way as marriage. Asses
In 1967, homosexuality was partially decriminalised in England and Wales. Since then,
terms like 'clause 28', 'the age of consent' and 'civil partnerships' have become part of the
political language in the fight for gay rights.
The first civil partnership ceremonies in the UK took place on 19 December 2005, and the
first civil partnership registration in the UK was held on 5 December 2005 between
Christopher Cramp and Matthew Roche. As it the report shows on BBC, Grainne Close and
Shannon Sickles were the first couple to register their civil partnership after the waiting
As the first UK civil partnership ceremonies take place in Belfast, not everyone is happy
about this change in the law. Religious groups campaign against what they describe as a
'day of shame', while heterosexual common-law couples feel they have been discriminated
against by not receiving identical benefits as same-sex couples, who can register their civil
Niall Dickson reports on new government proposals that include setting up a civil scheme
to allow gay men and lesbians to register their partnerships. The recommendations also
include equal treatment of homosexual and heterosexual sex by the Sex Offences Bill and
new protection for gay people under employment law. Although some still fear that
changes in the law might undermine traditional families, many in the gay community see
this as a major step forward in the campaign for equality and justice.
There is a range of moral views most of the major world religions.
In Christianity, due to apparent condemnation in both old and New Testaments and being
contrary to natural law, homosexual practices have been traditionally considered to be
immoral. However, Jesus made no mention of homosexuality in his recorded teachings in
the Gospels but said much about agape and there some doubt as to the authority and
interpretation of the biblical material. Therefore some Christians now regard loving,
long-term homosexual relationships and ethically acceptable. References to homosexuality
in the New Testament occurred exclusively in Paul's letters, Romans 1:21-31 and 1
The bible and the church teachings condemn homosexuality. However, their condemnation
did not prevent homosexual acts, which have probably occurred in Leviticus 18:22 and
20:13 which apparently condemn homosexuality. For many Christian believers, e.g.
evangelical Christians, they see the entire Bible as a God-given sacred text so every
statement it should be accepted as meaning exactly what it appear to mean. They believe
that the Bible unequivocally condemns homosexuality as morally wrong.
In Islam homosexuality is regarded as abhorrent and in Islamic states it is technically
punished by death. This view is based on several references in the Quran and the Hadith.
Homosexual activity is regarded as offensive to Allah who created two sexes for the
purpose of procreation.
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It now appears that gay people may be given the right to have civil partnership ceremonies
in religious buildings. This, however, has bought more disunion to the Anglican Church: the
ex-Archbishop of Canterbury has vowed he will never allow Church of England buildings
to be used for gay weddings. Dr Rowan Williams told MPs that he would not bow to
pressure to enable his churches to be used for same-sex union.…read more