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BELFAST, December 19, 2005 (LifeSiteNews.com) – This weekend in Belfast, three pairs of self-described homosexual “couples” were the first to avail themselves of the United Kingdom’s new Civil Partnership law which was passed in February.

The first legally “married” gay partners in the UK were two lesbians, Shannon Sickles and Grainne Close. The BBC reports that at least 1,200 civil ceremonies are booked, indicating a much higher level of interest in Britain than in Canada where relatively few have come forward. After Belfast, London, Manchester, Birmingham, Newcastle and Edinburgh are also finding high levels of interest.

Great Britain is well along the path that US conservative commentator Pat Buchanan called the “Death of the West,” with one of the highest abortion rates in the world and a birth rate standing well under replacement level at 1.73 children born per woman of childbearing age (2002 statistics.) The UK’s divorce rate is the highest in Europe and Britain boasts the highest percentage of children being raised by single parents.

The UK’s new law allows homosexual partners to claim full spousal-like benefits and tax exemptions. An earlier law allowing homosexuals and unmarried couples to adopt children completes the scenario of homosexuals mimicking marriage.

The introduction of gay “marriage” in Britain is unlikely to follow a different pattern from that of other countries. In the US, the first homosexual civil unions have been duly followed by the first homosexual divorces.

Homosexual partnerships break up at a rate that is almost impossible to track given that the “gay” sub-culture commonly accepts promiscuity even within so-called “committed relationships.” In her book The Mendola Report, lesbian Mary Mendola found that just 26 percent of homosexuals believe commitment is paramount in a marriage-type relationship.

British lawmakers continue to ignore the inherent instability of homosexual unions and widely disseminated studies showing that children raised by unmarried couples suffer a host of social maladies. When Britain was debating its homosexual adoption law, Health Secretary Alan Milburn argued in favour of allowing homosexual and unmarried couples to adopt on the grounds that as many children as possible should be able to “have the chance of the stable family life that adoption can bring.”

Read related LifeSiteNew.com coverage:
  Civil “Marriage” for Gays Reality in UK
https://www.lifesitenews.com/ldn/2005/dec/05120505.html

Read LifeSiteNews.com’s Special Report unmasking the myths of homosexual unions:
  The Case Against Same-Sex Marriage
https://www.lifesitenews.com/ldn/2004/feb/040223a.html

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