Peter Tatchell and Outrage are launching a campaign to bring about a simultaneous legal challenge to the ban on same-sex marriage and opposite-sex civil partnerships. Academic lawyer, Robert Wintemute has agreed to represent the parties in Strasbourg. Tatchell states in his press release:

“Our plan is for several gay and straight couples to file a joint application to the European Court of Human Rights, to overturn the ban on same-sex marriage and opposite-sex civil partnerships. The aim is to secure full equality in civil marriage and civil partnership law. We want both systems open to all couples, gay and straight, so that everyone has a free choice, without discrimination,”

Outrage concludes the release by calling for volunteers: “We are looking for same-sex couples who have been together for at least three years, live in London, feel comfortable talking to the media, have no skeletons in their closet, don’t have a civil partnership and who want a civil marriage.

“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,”

So presumably – ‘skeleton in cupboards’ excludes those who’ve ever engaged in public sex, visited a sex club, engaged in group sex…and those are just the things that spring to mind. Of course, I understand why that line is there and if I was the lawyer in the case I might very well have put the line in the release, but as an outsider looking in, it does seem another instance where queers attempt to pass as straight in order to gain more vestiges of straightdom.

Read the full press release with contact details here.
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