Media Reports 2006

11 October 2006
365Gay.com
Newscenter Staff
.UK Gay Marriage Suit Abandoned.
A lesbian couple who were married in Canada said Wednesday they are dropping their lawsuit to have their marriage recognized in the UK because they have run out of money.
11 October 2006
Pink News
Marc Shoffman
.Lesbian couple drop marriage appeal.
The lesbian couple whose legal Canadian marriage was declared invalid by the High Court earlier this year has given up its appeal due to a lack of funds but vows to fight on through campaigns.
15 August 2006
Pink News
Marc Shoffman
.Gay rights group launch marriage appeal.
Gay rights group Outrage has launched an appeal seeking support for a lesbian couple whose Canadian marriage was deemed invalid by the UK High Court last month.
7 August 2006
Equal Marriage for Same-Sex Couples(Canada)
By Sue Wilkinson & Celia Kitzinger
.Message from U.K. frontline: Protect Bill C-38.
High Court Judge justifies discrimination by Britain
7 August 2006
La Voz (Spain)
Por David Stringer
.Pareja gay no logra legalizar su matrimonio en Gran Bretaña.
LONDRES - Un juez británico desechó el lunes el caso de dos catedráticas que deseaban legalizar su estado marital tras haber contraído nupcias en Canadá, que reconoce los matrimonios homosexuales.
La jueza Mark Potter, presidenta de la división para familias del Tribunal Supremo Británico, desechó el reclamo presentado por Sue Wilkinson y Celia Kitzinger. Estas señalaron que al definir su relación como una sociedad civil, en vez de un matrimonio, Gran Bretaña había violado sus derechos humanos.
4 August 2006
The Church of England Newspaper
Number: 5831
By Matt Cresswell
.Christian groups welcome court ruling.
A lesbian couple, lawfully married according to Canadian law, have failed in a High Court decision to have their union recognised under UK jurisdiction. Christian groups have welcomed the decision while gay and lesbian activists are demanding more clarification on the law.
3-9 August 2006
Gay City News
Vol 5, No 31
LEGAL
By Arthur Leonard
.British Court Refuses Recognition to Canadian Same-Sex Marriage.
A British court ruled on July 31 that a Canadian same-sex marriage between citizens of the United Kingdom need not be recognized as a marriage by the British government. Ruling on a petition by Susan Wilkinson and Celia Kitzinger, married in British Columbia in 2003, Sir Mark Potter, the president of the Family Division of the High Court in London, concluded his decision was valid under both ordinary principles of international law and the European Convention on Human Rights.
2 August 2006
GCN
(Ireland)
.Irish gay couple condemn British ruling.
Drs Katherine Zappone and Ann Louise Gilligan, the same sex couple seeking recognition of their marriage in Ireland, have condemned the outcome of a similar case in the UK this week.
The couple said that they are looking forward to a positive outcome to their case despite the news early this week that a lesbian couple failed in their bid to have their Canadian marriage as a civil marriage in the UK. Drs Zappone and Gilligan said that Ireland now has an opportunity to lead rather than simply follow in the area of social justice.
2 August 2006
Black Britain
by Raymond Enisuoh
.Black church leaders welcome government ruling on same sex marriage denouncing homosexuality as a sin.
Black church leaders have welcomed the recent High Court decision not to recognise the same-sex Canadian marriage between Sue Wilkinson and Celia Kitzinger as a legitimate marriage in the UK.
2 August 2006
The Oxford Mail
By Debbie Waite
.Judge criticised in lesbian case.
Oxfordshire author Sheila Kitzinger has branded a High Court judge "outdated" after he rejected her daughter's fight to have her gay marriage legally recognised in Britain.
1 August 2006
LBC Radio
interview with Nick Ferrari
.Celia and Sue's LBC radio interview with Nick Ferrari.
Today Nick talked to Celia Kitzinger and Sue Wilkinson who are the lesbian couple that got married legally in Canada but yesterday failed in their High Court bid to have their union given full legal status in the UK. Nick asked them as they have found their life partner and are happy together, does it really matter if they have legal status in the UK?
1 August 2006
SF.gate.com
San Francisco Chronicle
By Edward Gomez
.For same-sex couples, wedding-day joy and wedding-bell blues.
What is it about two men or two women pledging their commitment to each other through marriage that upsets some heterosexuals or makes them feel so threatened?
Whatever it is, it may have influenced the decision of a just-issued High Court decision in London. It has denied university professors Celia Kitzinger and Sue Wilkinson legal recognition of their marriage in the United Kingdom. The two academics, who live and work in England, were married in Vancouver, British Columbia, three years ago, in accordance with that Canadian province's law
1 August 2006
The Evangelical Alliance
.Evangelical Alliance welcomes High Court decision on 'Gay Marriage'.
Decision upholds family values vital to a stable society
The Evangelical Alliance has welcomed the decision by the High Court not to recognise the relationship between Sue Wilkinson and Celia Kitzinger as a 'marriage'.
The Evangelical Alliance recognises that everyone is entitled to their civil liberties, and holds that all human beings are inherently worthy of respect, regardless of their abilities, status, race, religion, age, gender or sexual orientation.
However, the decision of the High Court is good for society as it upholds the traditional view of marriage. Marriage between one man and one woman is the best foundation for family life and a stable society.
1 August 2006
The Yorkshire Post
By Paul Jeeves
.Lesbians lose court fight over marriage.
Judge says British law cannot recognise union.
A Lesbian couple accused a judge of taking away their marriage after a landmark legal challenge failed to have the union recognised under British law.
1 August 2006
The Guardian
By Hugh Muir
Page 12
.Court's denial of lesbian marriage condemned as sexual apartheid.
Couple's vows in Canada not recognised in Britain
Government to pursue £25,000 costs for test case
1 August 2006
The Telegraph
By Joshua Rozenberg,
Legal Editor
.Lesbians lose battle to have marriage recognised.
In a ringing endorsement of traditional marriage, the senior family judge also dismissed a claim that English law was now incompatible with the couple's human rights. They were granted permission to appeal but ordered to pay £25,000 towards the Government's legal costs.
1 August 2006
Pink News
By Marc Shoffman
.Straight couples campaign for gay marriage rights.
A group campaigning for heterosexual access to civil partnerships has expressed solidarity with a lesbian couple who were yesterday told their Canadian marriage could not be recognised in the UK.
A High Court judge told Celia Kitzinger and Sue Wilkinson that they can only be recognised as civil partners to respect the "age-old institution (of marriage), valued and valuable, respectable and respected, as a means not only of encouraging monogamy but also the procreation of children."
1 August 2006
EL PAÍS (Spain)
.La justicia británica se niega a reconocer el matrimonio de dos lesbianas.
Las británicas Celia Kitzinger y Sue Wilkinson, casadas en Canadá en 2003, forman una pareja legal pero no un matrimonio ante la justicia británica. Así lo manifestó el presidente del Alto Tribunal Familiar, Sir Mark Potter, en un veredicto emitido ayer en Londres. El juez recordó a las demandantes que la unión civil, como se denominan oficialmente los enlaces homosexuales en Inglaterra, goza de los mismos derechos legales que el matrimonio, término que sólo aplica la legislación en los lazos conyugales entre heterosexuales.
"Es evidente que la mayoría de personas, no sólo en Inglaterra, sino en el resto de Europa, consideran el matrimonio como una institución ancestral destinada a apoyar la monogamia y la procreación en una unidad familiar en la que la influencia paterna y materna sean posibles", dijo el juez. La sentencia asegura, no obstante, que las relaciones entre personas del mismo sexo "en ningún caso son inferiores" por el hecho de tener otro nombre.
31 July 2006
Pink News
By Marc Shoffman
.Lesbian couple fail in gay marriage bid.
The High Court has today rejected a lesbian couple's bid to have their Canadian marriage recognised in the UK.
Celia Kitzinger and Sue Wilkinson, a British lesbian couple married lawfully in Canada, challenged the UK government's laws claiming that their human rights were impeded by only being viewed as civil partners.
31 July 2006
Herald Tribune Europe
.A British lesbian couple lost a legal battle Monday to have their Canadian marriage legally recognized in Britain.
Judge Mark Potter, head of Britain's High Court Family Division, dismissed   the claim by the couple, Sue Wilkinson and Celia Kitzinger, that in defining   their relationship as a civil partnership instead of a marriage, Britain had violated their human rights.
Granting their request would risk undermining the time-honored institution of marriage, Potter said.
31 July 2006
Monde (Canada)
By Yves Schaëffner
.Le mariage canadien de deux lesbiennes n'est pas valide en Angleterre.
Après plus d'un mois de délibération, la haute cour de justice britannique a refusé lundi de reconnaître pleinement le mariage de Sue Wilkinson et de Celia Kitzinger, deux Anglaises qui s'étaient mariées en 2003 en Colombie-Britannique.
Le juge a estimé que leur union pouvait être reconnue comme un "partenariat civil" - qui donne aux couples homosexuels anglais des droits similaires aux couples hétéros mariés -, mais non pas comme un mariage.
31 July 2006
The Times Online
By Michael Herman & PA
.Lesbians lose marriage fight.
A lesbian couple who were married in Canada have lost a High Court battle to have their marriage recognised under UK law.
Court Family Division, this morning refused to declare Celia Kitzinger and Sue Wilkinson’s 2003 marriage legal saying that to do so would "fail to recognise physical reality."
31 July 2006
BBC News
West Yorkshire
.Lesbians lose legal marriage bid.
A lesbian couple who married legally in Canada have failed in their High Court bid to have their union given full legal status in the UK.
31 July 2006
UK Gay News
.High Court Judge Endorses the ‘Sexual Apartheid’ of Same-Sex Marriage Ban.
British lesbians married in Canada denied recognition in the UK
Lesbians defend Canadian marriage
A British lesbian couple married in Canada have asked the High Court to give their union full legal status in the UK.
31 July 2006
UK Gay News
.High Court Judge Endorses the ‘Sexual Apartheid’ of Same-Sex Marriage Ban.
British lesbians married in Canada denied recognition in the UK
31 July 2006
BBC
.A lesbian couple who married legally in Canada have failed in their High Court bid to have their union given full legal status in the UK.
31 July 2006
BBC Audio & Video
.Lesbians lose High Court case.
31 July 2006
Bloomberg News
.British Lesbians Lose Bid to Validate Their Marriage.
31 July 2006
Toronto Star
.U.K. court rejects B.C. gay marriage.

31st July High Court Judgement

10 June 2006
The Guardian
Interview by Stuart Jeffries
.Mrs & Mrs. The high court has reserved judgment over a lesbian couple seeking British recognition of their marriage. But the two wives remain wedded to the cause.
9 June 2006
BBC News
Article and Video
.Delay in lesbian wedding decision. with video: Couple talk to BBC outside court.
9 June 2006
Oxford Times
.Gay marriage fight hailed 'question of justice'.
Oxfordshire author Sheila Kitzinger said her daughter's High Court fight to have her gay marriage legally recognised in England is a question of justice.
8 June 2006
Oxford Mail
.Mother's pride.
Oxfordshire author Sheila Kitzinger says her daughter's High Court fight to have her gay marriage legally recognised in England is a question of justice.
7 June 2006
The Independent
Robert Verkaik
.Lesbian couple battle to have marriage recognised.
7 June 2006
The Telegraph
Joshua Rozenberg
.Lesbian couple fight for their marriage to be legally accepted.
7 June 2006
The Times
Nicola Woolcock
.Lesbians partners fight for right to be married.
Couple demand that their Canadian wedding is recognised.
7 June 2006
Daily Express
Sarah White
Lesbians in legal fight to be married
7 June 2006
Daily Mail
Chris Brooke
Lesbian couple's High Court battle to be lawfully married
.Pair in same sex marriage legal bid. 12:20pm 6 June
.Lesbians bid for UK marriage recognition. 08:11am 6 June
6 June 2006
Evening Standard
.Pair in same sex marriage legal bid.
Laws which prevent recognition of same sex marriages should be thrown in the legal dustbin, a High Court judge has been told.
6 June 2006
BBC News
Article and Video
.Lesbian couple fight legal status. with video: Couple talk to BBC outside court.
6 June 2006
BBC News
Video
.Lesbians defend Canadian marriage. - video
A British lesbian couple married in Canada have asked the High Court to give their union full legal status in the UK.
6 June 2006
New York Times
By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
.British Couple Wants Gay Marriage Ratified.
6 June 2006
The Times Online
Michael Herman and PA
.Lesbians demand UK recognises foreign marriage.
Two British women who were married in Canada have this morning begun a High Court battle to have their marriage recognised under UK law.
6 June 2006
The Guardian
Podcast
.Celia Kitzinger and Sue Wilkinson were legally married in Canada.
Ms Kitzinger tells me why they're challenging Britain's laws on same-sex marriage in the high court today.
It is several minutes into the podcast - the last item. To listen you need i-Tunes.
6 June 2006
The Guardian
.Lesbian couple seek UK recognition of marriage.
Laws preventing the recognition of same-sex marriages should be consigned to the legal dustbin, a high court judge was told today.
6 June 2006
ITN News
.Couple take marriage case to court.
5 June 2006
BBC Radio 4
Eddie Mair
Listen again - .Challenging Britain's laws on civil partnerships.
It starts 44min into the programme.
5 June 2006
The Pink News
Marc Shoffman
.Lesbian couple seek UK gay marriage rights.
A British lesbian couple married lawfully in Canada will challenge the UK's gay marriage laws in the High Court tomorrow
5 June 2006
The Guardian
Clare Dyer, legal editor
.Lesbians seek UK ruling on Canadian marriage.
Two British academics, Sue Wilkinson and Celia Kitzinger, who were married in Canada, will seek a high court ruling tomorrow that their marriage is legal in Britain,
4 June 2006
Canada.com
Camille Baines
.Women married in Canada mount court challenge to have vows recognized in UK.
4 June 2006
The Observer
Letters
.The big issue: same-sex marriage. 'Odious comments don't represent church'.
2 June  2006
The Pink News
Marc Shoffman
.Clarification & apology from Evangelical Alliance.
Evangelicals condemned after comparing gay marriage to ‘marrying a horse’
A Christian lobby group has been criticised after one of its members was reported to have equated gay marriage with “people wanting to marry their horse.” ...
"... No offence was meant by the remark and we apologise for any it may have caused."
28 May 2006
The Observer
Jamie Doward
.Accept it, we're married: Lesbian couple tell judge.
Academics who wed in Canada take discrimination fight to the High Court

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