lgbtq rights

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Update posted 1 month ago

Petition to Equalities Minister Amber Rudd @Govt_Equality

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've mounted a legal challenge to their position: Our case will be heard in the Supreme Court on 15th and 16th May 2018.  We're also fighting on the political front. We've generated extensive cross-party parliamentary support with politicians from every major party now backing 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. Conservative MP Tim Loughton’s private members’ bill to give mixed-sex couples the right to a civil partnership has also received cross-party backing. 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. 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.   2.     Please sign and share this petition, telling the Minister for Women and Equalities that you support opening up civil partnerships to all: 3.     Please donate: 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
125,266 supporters
This petition won 5 months ago

Petition to Amber Rudd MP, Paul Blomfield MP, Brandon Lewis MP

Urgent: End the Detention of LGBT+ Asylum Seeker Patricia Simeon

Our friend Patricia is a Sierra Leonian lesbian currently being detained at an immigration removal centre. We fear that her life is at risk if she is forcibly deported to Sierra Leone where LGBTQ+ people are subject to threat, harassment and violence. That’s why we’re calling on the UK Home Office to release Patricia from detention immediately. She was first detained at Yarl’s Wood Immigration Detention Centre last week and today was taken to Brook House to meet with the Sierra Leonian embassy - the centre where this year the national press reported abuse and assault against detainees.  As of the evening of the 23rd October she is back in detention at Yarl’s Wood.I first met Patricia last year and together we founded LASS (Lesbian Asylum Support Sheffield) as she was determined to not just fight for herself but for others LGBTQ+ asylum seeking women in need of support.It would be a massive loss to our communities if she was forcibly deported.  Patricia has been a joyous presence at multiple LGBTQ+ Pride events during the summer and is incredibly committed to LASS. She is also a member of the Out Aloud LGBTQ+ Choir, African Rainbow Family, Lesbian Immigration Support Group (LISG) and other support groups and churches in both Sheffield and Manchester.Patricia has been battling the asylum process since 2012 and is working on submitting a fresh asylum claim on the 7th November. She is a victim of trafficking, sexual exploitation, forced child prostitution, torture and faces a continued risk of FGM. Under the Home Office’s own policies Patricia should have never been detained in the first place due to being a victim of torture. UN guidelines state ‘trafficked persons shall not be detained, charged or prosecuted for the illegality of their entry into or residence in countries of transit and destination”. [1]LGBTQ+ asylum seekers also face increased risks when they are detained including homophobic and transphobic harassment, discrimination and violence from other detainees and members of staff. [2]Please sign our petition calling on the UK Home Office to release our friend Patricia from detention and to halt any attempts at deportation with immediate effect[1] UN Recommended Principles and Guidelines on Human Rights and Human Trafficking, Principle 7 and Guideline 4 (5)[2] Stonewall and UKLGIG 

Lu Skerratt
9,440 supporters
Update posted 8 months ago

Petition to Pietro Grasso, Pietro Grasso (Presidente del Senato della Repubblica) (Presidente del Senato della Repubblica), Paolo Gentiloni, Laura Boldrini, Nico D'Ascola, Donatella Ferranti

Equal adoption eligibility for Italian same-sex couples, equal rights for their children.

Italian law does not recognise equal parenting rights and responsibilities to same-sex couples. Same-sex couples and individuals are not eligible to apply for adoption. Children whose parents are currently in a same-sex relationship have unequal treatment and their non-biological parents are not recognised by the law. These children will then be very vulnerable if their biological parents become sick, get divorced or die. In some cases children that had been adopted in the UK had no parents at all before the law until a judge made a decision. Italian same-sex couples living abroad (and, in particular, in the UK) are often denied a platform in public debate; yet they are particularly vulnerable and their freedom of movement, even within the EU, is impaired as many of them left Italy to find a safer place to adopt children and to raise them; are non-biological parents in same-sex relationships, not legally recognised as parents. Their children cannot easily go back to Italy even for short holidays, and when they do they face high risk in case any of their parents die; became parents while in the UK, without being British citizens. Brexit could force them to leave the UK and will put their children at huge risk, even when their children are British citizens. This restriction of mobility rights also extends to non-Italian partners of Italian LGB people, and to non-Italian children of Italian parents. Think of what would happen to a UK citizen who adopted a British child jointly with an Italian citizen living in the UK, for instance, and have to leave the country due to possible effects of Brexit. This is irrational and unjust. We thus ask the Italian Parliament to promptly introduce: eligibility to adopt for same-sex couples; clear and enforceable rights for children of same-sex couples; recognition of parenthood for non-biological step-parents in same-sex relationships; recognition of parenthood for non-biological parents of surrogate-born children. Please show your support by signing our letter here!

Wake Up Italia London
407 supporters