Orders of the Day — Civil Partnership Bill [Lords]

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 5:14 pm on 12th October 2004.

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Photo of Chris Bryant Chris Bryant Labour, Rhondda 5:14 pm, 12th October 2004

The hon. Gentleman is completely mistaken, and I hope that I do not have to repeat this too often. The hon. Member for Rutland and Melton made a good proposition about parallel lines. I do not want same-sex relationships to ape marriage in any sense—several people have used the offensive phrase—because they are different. Although the two share similar elements, they do not have to be identical, so the legal provisions should be distinct.