Straight British couple seeks ’gay’ partnership
Tom Freeman and Katherine Doyle are in love and want to tie the knot - but they don’t want to get married.
The 26-year-old Londoners think they should be allowed to have a civil partnership, a form of legal union available in Britain only to same-sex couples. Gay rights activists are backing the couple’s bid in an attempt to legalize gay marriage.
Activist Peter Tatchell says "denying heterosexual couples the right to have a civil partnership is heterophobic."
Marriage and civil partnership are virtually identical in law, and activists think both should be open to all couples.
Doyle and Freeman are applying for a permit Tuesday from their local town hall. They say they will go to court if they are refused.
Britain introduced civil partnerships in 2005.