Should civil partnerships be extended to brothers and sisters?

On 20 July, Alistair Lexden set out at length the reasons why this should be done in his speech moving the Second Reading of a Private Member’s Bill which he has introduced in the Lords.

His Civil Partnership Act 2004 (Amendment) (Sibling Couples) Bill attracted strong support from other Conservatives who spoke in the debate. The sole Lib Dem and Labour speakers were predictably hostile.

The Home Office minister who replied to the debate, Baroness Williams of Trafford, failed to deal adequately with the important issues at stake. The government will therefore be pressed to think again.

Follow the link to read Alistair Lexden’s speech and those that followed… theyworkforyou