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Petition to Minister for Women and Equalities Penny Mordaunt MP, Minister for Women Victoria Atkins MP

Open civil partnerships to all

We’re Rebecca and Charles, we have a toddler called Eden, a baby called Ariel, and we want to cement and celebrate our relationship by having a civil partnership. But we can’t because the Civil Partnership Act 2004 states: ‘Two people are not eligible to register as civil partners of each other if … they are not of the same sex.’ We met in 2010, became engaged in 2013, and together we were involved in the fight for same-sex marriage within our community. It is fantastic social progress that couples can now marry regardless of sex or sexual orientation. We’ve been left, however, with a hangover from this important reform: Civil partnerships are still only available to same-sex couples. This limits the choice for mixed-sex couples, like us, who want to form a civil partnership - a modern institution that provides similar legal status and financial protections as marriage. The current system doesn’t make sense and needs to be brought into line with places such as Holland and New Zealand where couples can choose between marriage and civil partnership. Opening civil partnerships to all would bring the law up to date with the reality of family life: 3 million cohabiting couples with 2 million dependent children, all of whom currently lack the protection of marriage and choice of civil partnership. From a personal perspective, the legacy of marriage – that it treated women as property for centuries, excluded same-sex couples until 2014, and still leaves room only for fathers’ names on marriage certificates – means that marriage is not an option for us. We want to raise our children as equal partners and feel that a civil partnership – a modern, symmetrical institution – sets the best example for them. Sadly, the government has taken a different view. But with your support, we mounted a successful legal challenge to their position. In June 2018, the Supreme Court ruled unanimously that the current situation is discriminatory, cannot be justified, and is therefore unlawful. Consequently, the judges made a 'Declaration of Incompatibility,' giving the Government both the duty and the power to equalise civil partnerships.  Now we need to turn our legal win into a political win. The Minister for Women and Equalities, Penny Mordant MP, has already publicly assured the UK’s leading LGBT organisation, Stonewall, that civil partnerships will be retained for same-sex couples.  Therefore, there is only one option to answer the Supreme Court's call for equality: to extend civil partnerships to all. So we're pressing Ms. Mordaunt to open civil partnerships to all either by introducing fast-track legislation or by supporting Conservative MP Tim Loughton’s private members’ bill. We've already generated extensive cross-party parliamentary support for our cause. The London Assembly unanimously passed a motion supporting mixed-sex civil partnerships, and the mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, is in favour of opening civil partnerships to all.  The forces in favour of reform now significantly outnumber those who remain opposed. The tide turned some time ago and there is only so long that the government can continue to swim against it. We won’t rest until the government recognises that opening civil partnerships to mixed-sex couples is fair and popular, and good for families and children. We are confident that it will, eventually, recognise this clear logic. To help us make #equalcivilpartnerships a reality, we ask you to please do the following: 1. Please sign and share this petition, telling the Minister for Women and Equalities that you support opening up civil partnerships to all: 2. Write to your MP and ask them to support Tim Loughton’s private members’ bill, entitled Civil Partnerships, Marriages and Deaths (Registration Etc.) Bill 2017-19, which would give mixed-sex couples the right to a civil partnership, as well as including mother's names on marriage certificates. 3. Please support our efforts by making a financial contribution to the campaign: We'll keep you updated with our progress.  From the bottom of our hearts, we thank you for all your support. We literally could never have gotten this far without the incredible support from tens of thousands of people, like you, who, like us, desperately want to see civil partnerships made available to all couples.  Rebecca Steinfeld and Charles Keidan ---------------------------- Like our Facebook page: Follow us on Twitter:  @EqualCPs Use #equalcivilpartnerships #equallove    

Charles Keidan and Rebecca Steinfeld
142,339 supporters
Update posted 6 days ago

Petition to Ed Miliband, Greg Hunt MP, Theresa May MP, David Cameron MP, Jeremy Corbyn MP, Boris Johnson MP, Nick Clegg MP, Tony Abbott MP, Nicky Morgan MP, Amber Rudd MP, Rt Hon David Cameron MP, Mary Macleod MP, The Hon. Sussan Ley MP, Kris Hopkins MP, Esther McVey MP, Ted McMeekin, MPP, Ed Davey MP, Paul Uppal MP, Marcus Jones MP, Anna Soubry MP, James Wharton MP, Steven Marshall MP, Karl McCartney MP, Stella Creasy MP, James Morris MP, Nicola Blackwood MP, Angela Merkel (CDU), United Healthcare, The British Council, Barack Obama, United Nations, Mark Zuckerberg, Michelle Obama, Sadiq Khan, President of the United States, ABC, Google, Inc, Twitter, Inc, Snap Inc., Commission européenne, European Ombudsman, European Commission, European Parliament, Council of the European Union, Human Rights Campaign, United States Department of Health and Human Services

Bring Back Sugar Drinks for People with a Real Illness & allergy to Aspartame

People who suffer from Migraines may have a severe intolerance for Aspartame. We cannot drink Diet Drinks as Aspartame and other Artificial sweeteners causes us more problems.  Migraine is the third most common disease in the world with an estimated global prevalence of 14.7% (that’s around 1 in 7 people). It is more prevalent than diabetes, epilepsy and asthma combined. Research suggests that 3,000 migraine attacks occur every day for each million of the general population. This equates to over 190,000 migraine attacks every day in the UK Studies have shown that Aspartame causes inhibition of brain serotonin and dopamine. Since drugs that raise dopamine levels in the brain have proven effective in reducing headache, it makes sense that consuming Aspartame could result in headaches because of reduced dopamine levels, The sweetener aspartame and the preservative monosodium glutamate (MSG), found in many foods, may trigger migraines. On the NHS own web site claims "The researcher found that some of the most common and well-established migraine triggers, including alcohol, infection, stress and the sweetener aspartame, have been shown to cause oxidative stress in a number of ways." and yet the NHS hospitals have banned all sugared drinks from the hospital. Hospitals like the Conquest and DGH only sell Diet drinks. Some Restaurants are now also not giving us the option to purchase these drinks and only offering us diet drinks. We are ill, and this causes us Pain, Why are we (Migraineurs) being discriminated against for the obese? We are not asking to remove the sugar tax, we are asking for shops, Hospitals, Restaurants to continue to be able sell full sugar drinks and not be penalised for doing so. The Manager of the cafe in DGH in Eastbourne told me that  they had to display/sell 95% of fizzy drinks as diet so it was easier just not to stock full sugar drinks.  Captain Americas in Dublin told me they cannot sell normal coke due to the sugar tax. Where is our freedom of choice? Please sign this petition and help me get our favourite drinks back in places we are used to. Please share this and get everyone you can to sign it, help us take back our lives, im sure Jamie Oliver doesn't suffer with Migraines otherwise he would never of started all this.  Thank you in advance for reading and hopefully signing this x

Fidelma Freeman
56 supporters
Started 4 weeks ago

Petition to Web Surfers

Smart Shaming: The Filipino Culture of Anti-Intellectualism

Have you ever heard these lines... "Edi wow!" (Just Wow!) "Ikaw na magaling!" (Sure! You're the good one here!) "Ikaw na!" (Fine!) "Bobo na ako, sige na!" (So I'm the idiot, okay!)  or have you ever experienced being shouted like that? These are just some of the terms that people call out who show a higher level of intellect. You'd think people would traditionally compliment them or praise them for their smart li'l brain but no!  Smart shaming or anti-intellectualism is the act of mocking someone who is smarter than others. Smart shaming is, unfortunately, the result of the pro-ignorance stance that a lot of populations take, and something that a lot of smart people regularly have to deal with. The basic premise is “yes, you are smarter than me, but I have [insert popular characteristic here], so I’m automatically better than you!” A new social issue in the Philippines is slowly spreading. Some may say that it is nothing to worry about but the long term effect of this problem will be heavy especially to our economy. Pinoy culture is seemingly set in stone and smart-shaming is unfortunately a part of that. It's mind-boggling come to think of it. Aren't we supposed to encourage everyone to enhance their intelligence, not shame them? How can you be mocked just for studying a little harder, giving information a little more, reading a little longer or speaking your mind a little louder? Whatever the rationale behind this, nonetheless, it needs to be stopped. Why? (Article by: Candymag) It discourages people to strive to be smarter. It hinders people from expressing themselves freely. It puts a negative stereotype to the smart ones. It makes us think we're not smart enough. It confuses a person to pursue a passion. Smart-shaming is a manifestation of how we value the pursuit of knowledge. It is disappointing that there are people who mock those who zealously try to learn and share new learnings and ideas. So, let's QUIT the smart-shaming and instead ENCOURAGE intelligent conversation. If it makes us insecure to be unfamiliar with topics and concepts, remember that it's as easy looking them up online and asking questions to enlighten ourselves, instead of believing that knowledge is this scary thing meant for other people. It truly is there for everyone's taking. They should remember that a country’s growth immensely depends on its people. Intelligent minds mean the continuous growth and development of a people. Photo by: "Smart Shaming: Talk To Me When You're Not Smart Anymore"

Ivan Ray Dela Cruz
4 supporters
Update posted 4 weeks ago

Petition to Mr Lee Hsien Loong, Government of Singapore, Mr K. Shanmugam

A Chance to Speak Up: REPEAL SECTION 377A

We, the people of Singapore, are a conservative community and we must change. I have seen many petitions created for the repeal of Section 377A and it is important that we let our voices be heard. Section 377A is the criminalisation of consensual sex between men in public or in private. Fellow male LGBT members of Singapore are unable to profess their love to one another freely in a community like Singapore’s due to the stigma surrounding homosexuality. Imagine being with the love of your life, but having to hide your feelings for one another, living each day constantly fearing judgement by others. How would you feel?  The LGBT community of Singapore are not given many chances to spread awareness of their cause and the only event in which they get to freely express themselves is Pink Dot. But recently, even that has come under attack when the Singaporean government forbid international companies from sponsoring the event this year. But with India’s recent Supreme Court Ruling on the repeal of Section 377, we have been given an opportunity to start a conversation but to start we must speak and only after we speak will we be heard. If we stay with the silent majority, we will never be able to make a change. But what do we want changed? I would like to respectfully request for the repeal of Section 377A. This law only serves to further discriminate the already small minority of the LGBT community that is male homosexual relationships. Men should be given the chance to love who they want to love and societal standards should not be a factor in determining their partners.  I want to take the initiative to open up a petition that could possibly benefit hundreds of thousands of the LGBT community of Singapore but we must again speak up. If I am able to do so, you are to. We must come together as a community and show that we embrace diversity. Remember, the parliament is listening to public opinions so every single signature goes a long way in molding Singapore’s future for the better.

Li XiaoNa
1,806 supporters