A Straight British Couple Seeks A Gay Union
The fight to legalize same-sex marriage in the U.K. is starting to get interesting. On Tuesday, a heterosexual couple, 26-year-old North Londoners Tom Freeman and Katherine Doyle, applied for a civil partnership at their local town hall and were swiftly rejected by officials because such unions are for “same-sex couples only.” With the support of gay activists and the gay rights group Outrage, the couple plans to start a high-court challenge to prove that it is discriminatory, or “heterophobic,” to not allow a straight couple to have a civil partnership and therefore equally discriminatory to forbid gay couples to marry. Some activists think this case just might do the trick to legalize gay marriage in the U.K. because discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation is illegal under Britain’s human rights law. Though, their fight for a civil union isn’t just a gesture of activism Tom Freeman contends; he and Katherine Doyle are simply more interested in a civil union than in marriage:
“The titles of husband and wife and all the things that pop into people’s heads when you say you’re getting married don’t appeal to us. In our day-to-day life we feel like civil partners — we don’t feel like husband and wife, and we want the government to recognize that.”
Who says our generation is apathetic and uninterested in activism? This young couple is sort of inspiring for taking on this cause, don’t you think?