During Spotlight Special debate on Tuesday 19 February 2013 DUP Minister Arlene Foster MLA continued perpetrating the myth that Civil Partnerships are equal to Civil Marriage. Watch this YouTube clip to watch the debate when Arlene was informed about the inequality which exists.
As I have previously stated, "Lesbian and gay people in Northern Ireland are today also being offered a cup of tea but when it comes to the cups opposite sex couples get china cups (Civil Marriage) whilst same sex couples get a mug (Civil Partnerships)."
Alliance MLA Anna Lo (pictured right) last year asked Minister for Finance and Personnel Sammy Wilson MP MLA a question concerning one of the main differences between Civil Partnerships and Civil Marriage, see below:
Question: To ask the Minister of Finance and Personnel whether he has any plans to consult on introducing legislation similar to the Marriages and Civil Partnerships (Approved Premises) (Amendment) Regulations 2011, in England and Wales, which effectively allows churches to officiate at Civil Partnerships if they wish.
Answer: My Department has no plans to consult on legislation similar to the Marriages and Civil Partnerships (Approved Premises)(Amendment) Regulations 2011.
Whilst Civil Marriage is important for same sex couples to place every couple, regardless of gender, on equal basis, Civil Partnerships Approved Premises Regulations would bring greater equality, place lesbian and gay people on same basis as their UK counterparts and uphold Human Right ECHR Article 9 concerning Freedom of Religion.
Failure to support the Approved Premises Regulations and Civil Partnerships in their entirety at inception and now only serves to highlight real basis of objection to Equal Marriage.