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27/06/01
Gay Pride 2: Ken Announces 'Marriage' Scheme
- Mayor Livingstone partnership plan wins approval

LONDON Mayor Ken Livingstone is to introduce quasi-marriages for gay couples in the capital by the end of this year.

In the first move of its kind in the UK, couples, gay or straight, will be able to make public their commitment via the London Partnership Register, a list to be administered by the Greater London Authority.

"Clearly we have some way to go," Livingstone admitted on the issue of full-on marriage, "but it is a great start. I hope that couples who have registered with the scheme will be able to use it as additional evidence in any dispute that might arise over tenancy, pension or immigration rights."

Reaction from the gay community was overwhelmingly positive. "Ken can expect a huge standing ovation at Mardi Gras this Saturday," Pink Paper editor Justin Webb said, referring to the weekend's festival - previously known as Gay Pride - at Finsbury Park.

The London Partnership 'weddings' come with a price tag of UKP85 and will be held on Wednesdays and Saturdays at the GLA visitors centre.





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