UK, 21st Dec, Happy Anniversary. Many couples celebrated their one year anniversary including Gino and Mike Meriano of Pink Weddings.
The 21st December also saw the wedding of Jamie Hakim (3Sixty Magazine) to his partner Graeme Youngs making them the 680th couple to hold a Civil Partnership in Brighton and Hove (pictured left).
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The Office of Statistics revealed there were 15,672 civil partnerships between December 2005 and September 2006.
England hosted 84% of all ceremonies while Northern Ireland held just 1%. London enjoyed 25% of partnerships in the nine months after December 2005.
More men have so far chosen civil partnerships, making up 62% of partnerships in England, 57% in Scotland, 56% in Northern Ireland and 51% in Wales.
The ONS have commented that the ratio between men and women appeared to be changing.
"The gap between the proportion of male and female partnerships in England and Scotland appears to be reducing over time," the ONS said.
Gino Meriano founder of Pink Weddings says "Its fantastic to see so many gay and lesbian couples not only taking advantage of the law but taking the opportunity of expressing their love and commitment infront of their family, friends and society".
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City Registrar, Trevor Love said: "The entire team at Brighton and Hove Register Office is immensely proud and privileged to have reached our 600th ceremony in just 9 months. Read the full story
UK, 687 couples have made arrangements for their civil partnership on 21 December. This is the first day on which civil partnerships can take place in England and Wales under the normal procedures. 13 civil partnerships have taken place under special arrangements since the 5 December when the Act came into operation.
For a list of the authorities that have bookings for five or more civil partnerships on 21 December, Click Here
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The Online Registration System
We have heard today that GRO are not 100% certain that their computer system for the Civil Partnership will be ready for the 5th December. To make absolutely sure that this will not affect couples wanting to register, they decided late yesterday to implement the paper system they had created as a contingency.
Gino Meriano founder of Pink Weddings said, "There is absolutely no reason to think Registrars will fail to deliver in ensuring couples obtain their signing and ceremony they have been waiting for. The important thing to remember is couples will still be able to express their commitment and gain their legal rights with or without an online system".
UK, The Equality Bill
The government this afternoon (9th Nov) bowed to pressure and agreed to accept the amendments to the Equality Bill. Consequently, it will become illegal to discriminate against lesbians and gay men in the provision of goods and services - from NHS care to hotels and insurance.
The necessary regulations are likely to be introduced within the next year.
Pink Weddings were asked to appear on a light hearted radio show with serious messages about gay weddings across the waters, listen to snippets of Gino's interview supporting gay marraiges Listen now
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