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    (Original post by Tortious)
    Note too that there's no such thing as "common law marriage" in the UK - it's a myth that people living together for so many years have the legal benefits (e.g. on death) of married couples.
    Indeed! I read a recent High Court case (I can't remember the names of the parties, something like Curran v Collins) that involved a woman who'd been in a relationship with a man for 35 years (since they were both teenagers), working in a kennel/cattery owned by the man, in a kind of partnership. At the end of the relationship, the law says that the woman was entitled to nothing, despite the huge amount of work the woman had contributed.

    Harsh, but (as the judge pointed out), it is the law. Parliament has declined to extend rights to de facto couples (unlike comparable common law jurisdictions), despite recommendations by the law reform commission.
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    I'm inclined to agree, although two things:

    1) I'd say "same-sex couples". It's less informal, and also includes bisexuals dating members of their own sex (not just "gays"!)

    2) Instead of saying "should same sex couples have the right to marry?", which implies that they're being "granted" a right, I'd ask whether "marriage" is necessary, or whether civil partnership does/should suffice. It's slightly academic now that same-sex civil marriage has been legalised, but it might be interesting to consider the similarities/differences nonetheless.
    Aye, I second both these points. Particularly the second, given that for the UK part of the debate was concerning whether civil partnerships negated the need for same-sex marriage

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    Thankyou everyone, I deffinately see a side to what everyone is saying, it's been a lot of help, maybe it is better to steer away from LGBT and more towards marriage, I will collect more information and swap my essay around, until I deffinately feel it is right xx


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