Cohabiting, the act of living together whilst not being married (or in a civil union), is an increasingly popular choice, especially amongst younger generations.   Recent surveys carried out by the Office of National Statistics estimate that the number of cohabiting couples has more than doubled in the past 20 years, from 1.5 million cohabiting…

Legal and Political Difficulties in a Conservative Province. Northern Ireland is the only jurisdiction in the United Kingdom in which no legislation has been passed to allow for same-sex marriage. Under the terms of the Good Friday Agreement of 1998, legislating for social policy is within the sole competency of the devolved assembly at Stormont….

On 21 February, Rebecca Steinfeld, a visiting research fellow at Goldsmiths, and Charles Keidan, editor of Alliance Magazine, asked the Court of Appeal to overturn an earlier High Court judgment refusing them judicial review of the decision of the Secretary of State for Education not to extend civil partnerships to opposite-sex couples. It is worth…

Around the world there are more than one billion people living in a region where gay couples can marry.  However, this isn’t the case for Australia yet.  There have been approximately 15 unsuccessful attempts made to amend the Marriage Act.  When the Australian Capital Territory attempted to make same sex marriage legal within the Territory,…