Calling het couples who want a civil partnership!

// 29 March 2010

Katherine Doyle and Tom Freeman, the couple who are aiming to make civil partnerships available to heterosexual couples, are looking for co-appellants to bring their case before the European Court of Human Rights:

We have got some gay couples on board and are now focussing on finding two more straight couples. They will need to have been together preferably for at least three years and be in no danger of splitting up. They need to be unmarried and to want to have a civil partnership instead. They need to be willing to commit to the legal case for at least five years, which is the length of time it can take to complete an appeal to the European Court of Human Rights. They need to be in or near London, feel comfortable talking to the media, and have no skeletons in their closet.

If you’re interested, please email Tom: thomascolinfreeman[at]

Comments From You

earwicga // Posted 30 March 2010 at 9:04 am

This is a great thing as I hate that there are currently two tiers of partnership for different types of people, but I can’t help thinking that the condition – ‘be in no danger of splitting up’ – means there will be nobody eligible! Or perhaps it’s just me…

earwicga // Posted 30 March 2010 at 10:47 am

Ugh – I wrote ‘different types of people’ when I should have written ‘different sexual orientations’.

gadgetgal // Posted 30 March 2010 at 10:58 am

Hi earwicga – it’s not just you, lol! But I guess saying otherwise would be, um, indelicate, maybe? Then again I thought it would be funny to walk down the aisle to “D.I.V.O.R.C.E.”, but after realising there would be fainting on the part of my in-laws I ended up with the Eels instead – spoilsports…

rachael // Posted 31 March 2010 at 8:38 am

Skeletons in the closet? Oh, bugger.

Jen // Posted 31 March 2010 at 10:05 pm

Actually, they already are available to het couples in quite a few European countries (including France where they’re popular among heterosexual couples). There are countries where nationality isn’t a criterion, so if you wanted one and you’re UK-based, your best bet currently would be to go there. Although there might be obstacles to getting it recognised in the UK, since they’re only available to gay couples there). I think it might be outside of the European Court of Human Rights’ jurisdiction to tell the UK to accept them for straight couples though.

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