Coalition split on Civil Partnerships

Conservative / Liberal Democrat coalitionToday’s Sunday Times reports that the government is split on introducing mixed-sex civil partnerships.

After the battle of words with some faith groups over same-sex marriage Conservative leader David Cameron is reported to be unwilling to support extension of civil partnerships, for fear that it might be seen as undermining the popularity marriage by providing an alternative form of relationship recognition for mixed-sex couples.  Meanwhile Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg is strongly supporting the extension of civil partnerships to any consenting couple, in line with his party’s policy.

A government consultation recently closed seeking public opinion on mixed-sex civil partnerships.