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Lawyers Report Rise in Same Sex Couple Disputes

A recent survey by the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML) has revealed that 36% of members report an increase in the number of same sex couples looking for legal advice. This increase follows the US Supreme decision on the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) last year.

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Equal treatment for couples in civil partnerships

A recent judgment of the Court of Justice of the European Union has found that employees who enter into a civil partnership with a partner of the same sex must be granted the same benefits as those granted to their colleagues upon their marriage, where marriage is not possible for homosexual couples.

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Same-sex marriage in Scotland moves a step closer

The Scottish Government has recently published details of its Marriage and Civil Partnership (Scotland) Bill, which will give same-sex couples in Scotland the right to marry.

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Studying the health of same-sex couples

Same-sex couples that live together report worse health than people of the same socioeconomic status who are in heterosexual marriages, according to a national study that could have implications for the gay marriage debate.

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More overseas same-sex partnerships recognised in UK law

From 31st January 2013, the number of overseas same-sex relationships that are specified in legislation so that they will be treated as civil partnerships in the UK will be extended.

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Statistical data on families and households in 2012

The Office for National Statistics has published a statistical bulletin giving information on families and households in the UK in 2012.

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Scottish Government confirms same sex marriage intentions

The Scottish Government has set out its Programme for Government for 2012-13.

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Tensions continue to grow over same sex marriage

The rift between the Scottish Government and the Catholic church over the introduction of same sex marriage has continued to deepen, reports the Scotsman.

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Civil partnerships

Figures recently published by the Office for National Statistics have shown the number of civil partnerships that have been formed in the UK.

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Same sex marriage to be legalised

The Scottish Government has announced its intention to legislate to allow same sex marriage.

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Births, marriages and other vital events

The Registrar General for Scotland has published provisional figures for births, deaths, marriages and civil partnerships registered during the first quarter of 2012.

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Court of Appeal rules in civil partnership split

A business man has won his appeal to the Court of Appeal in England over the amount of money awarded in a 'divorce' settlement to his former civil partner, reports the Herald.

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Civil partners win against gay discrimination appeal

The Equality and Human Rights Commission has successfully defended an appeal in the English Court of Appeal against a ruling in the County Court which found that hotel owners had directly discriminated against a gay couple.

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Freedom of movement for same sex partnerships

The Council of Europe is to host a conference looking for solutions to problems of mutual recognition of same sex partnership and marriages in both the European Union and Council of Europe member countries.

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Views sought on same sex marriage

A consultation on same sex marriage and religious ceremonies for civil partnerships in Scotland has been published by the Scottish Government.

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