The New Labour Government is not entirely useless. If you haven’t already, you can download the Government’s consultation document on same-sex civil partnership (oddly enough, it comes from the Department of Trade and Industry website). Having studied it carefully, you can then email to say that, for example, you think these are, on the whole, enlightened proposals, but that, come to think of it, you don’t see any terribly good reason as to why opposite-sex couples shouldn’t contract civil partnerships or same-sex sex couples civil marriage, if that’s what they want to do.

But hurry!, the Government is only anxious to hear your opinion before 30 September 2003 (so you’ve plenty of time both to talk like a pirate [see below] and to contribute to progressive social change). Those of you who’ve read the document most carefully of all might like to address the questions on p.65 when they send in their thoughts.

If you’d like a bit more information, Stonewall and Outrage! both have pages on the subject, and you can read more about Red Ken’s splendid scheme in London here.

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