Oxford Union approves equal rights for gay partners
May 19, 2004
OXFORD, England — In step with changing times, the Oxford Union Society will give
gay and lesbian partners of members the same rights as heterosexual
spouses, its president said Tuesday.
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The rule change will mean that if a gay or lesbian member of the
union forms a gay civil partnership, the partner will also be
eligible for life membership in the venerable debating society,
Georgina Costa said.
The measures will come into effect when the Civil Partnerships
Bill comes into force, probably next year.
Until now, only husbands or wives of heterosexual members of the
union have been eligible.
Costa said the change was passed unanimously last week by the
union's standing committee. "I'm pleased there was no opposition to
it," she said.
The Civil Partnerships Bill, which is expected to receive the
assent of Queen Elizabeth II – largely a formality – later this
year, would give gay and lesbian couples who agree a civil
partnership the same pension and other rights as married couples
for the first time. – Sapa-AP
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