Straight UK couple seek ‘gay’ union

A STRAIGHT heterosexual couple are so in love they plan to tie the knot, but insist they don’t want to get married.

Londonders Tom Freeman and Katherine Doyle are instead seeking to have a civil partnership, a form of legal union available in Britain only to same-sex couples.

Gay rights activists are backing the couple’s bid in an attempt to legalise gay marriage.

Activist Peter Tatchell said “denying heterosexual couples the right to have a civil partnership is heterophobic”.

Marriage and civil partnership are virtually identical in law, and activists think both should be open to all couples.

Ms Doyle and Mr Freeman are applying for a permit from their local town hall and say they will go to court if they are refused.

Britain introduced civil partnerships in 2005.

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