Sunday, 23 November 2008

Defining a Relationship

The Guardian carried an interesting piece in their family supplement yesterday concerning Katherine Holden and Helen Kendall. Two women who have shared a home and life for fifteen years. Yet they are just good friends. The interviews and commentary provide an interesting discussion as to the nature of those relationships recognised by society and (by implication) law. They discuss issues from people not knowing whether to send joint cards or not, people seeking to label them as lesbian (they both indicate they are straight) through to who will be the one looking after the other in hospital. These issues were touched upon by the UK Parliament during the passing of the Civil Partnership Act but remain un-resolved in law. The article is well worth a read.

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