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Civil Partnerships

Volume 688: debated on Tuesday 9 January 2007

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Whether they will reconsider the rights of long-term sibling cohabitees to be treated equally to couples who are married or in civil partnerships. [HL1003]

There were very detailed debates in Parliament during the passage of the Civil Partnership Act about the position of siblings. It was decided that that legislation was not the right vehicle to provide siblings with different legal rights from those that they already possess.

Both marriage and civil partnership are designed for people in committed and serious relationships, although there is no requirement that this relationship is or will be sexual. Siblings already have a legally recognised relationship to each other and rights to reflect that close family relationship.