Over 71,000 people have signed my partner Charles Keidan's and my Change.org petition to open civil partnerships to all. Now it’s time to hand it in to the Minister for Women and Equalities, Justine Greening MP, to show her that opening civil partnerships to all is popular, fair and good for families.
Join us this Thursday 17th November at 10:00am outside the Department for Education (20 Great Smith Street, London SW1P 3BT). Our wonderful MP Andy Slaughter will be there, together with reporters from the national press, who would love to speak to you about your own reasons for seeking a civil partnership.
If you can’t be there, please show your support by tweeting @JustineGreening on Thursday to demand #equalcivilpartnerships
If possible, please also donate so that we can continue putting pressure on the Government to extend civil partnerships: https://www.gofundme.com/ecpcampaigns
Update on the court case
The Court of Appeal judges clearly recognised the importance of this issue. Sadly, the Government remained intransigent. Now we await judgement.
Thank you to everyone who joined us outside court – it meant so much to us. Our fearsome, all-female legal team did a stellar job! Thank you to Sarah Hannett, a brilliant rising star of equality law at Matrix Chambers, to Karon Monaghan for her incredible stamina over the two-day hearing, and to our dedicated solicitor Louise Whitfield, of Deighton Pierce Glynn.
We will let you know the result as soon as we can.
In the meantime, let’s celebrate the ground we’ve covered: over 71,000 signatures, backing from MPs across the political spectrum, civil partnerships on the Isle of Man, and more than £40,000 raised in crowdfunding. The wind is in our sails…
Please help us to keep up the pressure.
Thank you all so much,
Rebecca and Charles
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