Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 17 April 2014

There's no call for 'same-sex' war of words

BRIAN Rooney (Write Back, June 14) says that "perhaps a new word is needed for a legal contract between same-sex couples".

Maybe he is alluding to the amendments from Lord Dear, Lord Carey and others trying to call for some new definition of "traditional marriage" between opposite gender couples.

In 2004, a 'different word' was given to the legal contract between same-sex couples: civil partnerships.

But, as has been seen by those objecting to same-sex marriage, they don't like to share the words, even if the rights and responsibilities are identical.

Mr Rooney recognises that there are identical rights and responsibilities, so why not use the same word for them?

STEPHEN GLENN

Former co-ordinator, LGBT+ Lib Dems (NI)

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