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This book is based on the Clarendon Lectures in Law given in October 2005. The book deals with the remarkable change in society's attitude to homosexuality since the 1960's, and the 2005 Civil Partnership Act, which creates a framework in which same-sex couples can have their relationship legally recognised in much the same way as heterosexual marriage. It examines questions such as what are the essentials of the civil partnership relationship? Do civil partnerships really provide for a 'gay marriage', and if not, will they satisfy the demands for equality increasingly being made by the gay community?
I Homosexuality: from 'odious crime' to the love that dares speak its name
II Partnership or Marriage: 'Gay, straight, black or white, marriage is a civil right'?
III Gay marriage, constitutional reform, social policy and democracy
Text of The Civil Partnerships Act 2004, Parts 1 and 2, and Schedules 1 to 9
Report of the Committee on Homosexual Offences and Prostitution paras 1 - 147 and pp 130 - 135
Halpern et al v Attorney General of Canada et al, Court of Appeal for Ontario
Lawrence v Texas, United States Supreme Court
Hillary Goodridge & others v Department of Health and others, Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts
Opinions of the Justices to the Senate, Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts
Lofton v Secretary of the Department of Children and Family Services, United States Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit