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News from Caroline Russell: Caroline Russell secures Mayor’s support for equal civil partnerships

07 February 2017

Equal civil partnerships have been backed by the Mayor after Caroline Russell’s call to show ‘unequivocal’ support for different-sex couples who want an alternative to traditional marriage.

Caroline was unanimously backed by the Assembly when she set out a motion to support equal civil partnerships in November as a landmark case was being heard in the Court of Appeal.[1]

The Mayor’s written response promised to lobby the Government in support of equal civil partnerships should the case currently being decided on fail. [2]

Caroline Russell said:

“Whatever the outcome of the case currently being heard by the Court of Appeal we must be unequivocal in our support for different-sex couples forming civil partnerships.

“For true equality the law should properly reflect the values modern couples hold, and their desire to have these principles reflected in the legal recognition of their relationships.

“London is a forward-facing city and I am glad the Mayor has listened to us and will not hesitate to push for this next step to provide a legal alternative to marriage.”

Charles Keidan and Rebecca Steinfeld are currently waiting for the outcome of their landmark case to make civil partnerships available to different-sex couples. [3]

Notes to editors

[1] Full text of the motion proposed by Caroline Russell and voted on by London Assembly:

[2] Letter from the Mayor in response to the motions proposed in November:

[3] More information on landmark legal challenge

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