Amidst all the media coverage about the re-election of President Obama, one ticket item of news was largely overshadowed – November 6th saw three American States vote to permit gay marriage. And the trend towards allowing gay couples to get married is not just limited to the USA. New Zealand is getting ready to legalise same-sex marriage, the French socialist government has just approved a bill to do so as well, and finally a same-sex marriage law, which was passed in Spain or seven years ago, has finally received the seal of approval from Spain’s constitutional court. And over here in the UK, David Cameron’s government, along with the Scottish government have also indicated their plans to allow gay marriage.
The progress towards gay marriage has been remarkably swift – it was back in 1989 when Denmark became the first nation allowing civil partnerships for gay couples and just 12 years ago that Holland became the first country in the world to permit same-sex nuptials. However, despite these encouraging signs of progress in the West, 78 countries still have gay sex down as a crime – and punishments can be severe, including lengthy terms of imprisonment and even death.
The trend towards gay marriage seems to be accelerating. However, the issue does remain controversial in some parts of the world – America remains fiercely divided on the issue, as does the worldwide Anglican Church.
Whatever the future for gay marriage, one thing does seem certain – gay couples are no more immune to relationship breakdown than heterosexuals – so expect the rate of civil partnership dissolution or gay divorce, which remains fairly low [given that so many civil unions or gay marriages have been formed relatively recently] to steadily increase.
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Wherever you live in England and Wales [or, if you’re living overseas, but need to go through dissolution in the UK], if you’re thinking of a civil partnership dissolution – contact our specialist civil partnership divorce solicitors today.