There is considerable confusion about the meaning of civil partnership. Is it something new or is it gay marriage? The answer is that, save for relatively minor differences, it is the same and provides the same legal rights between civil partners as are enjoyed by married people.
So is it discriminatory that we call what is effectively gay marriage, civil partnership? The answer, clearly, is that it is. It is discriminatory to gay people who wish to marry and discriminatory to heterosexual people who may wish to enter into a civil partnership. But let’s face it, there are bigger and more important issues to worry about.
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