Civil partnership protects people

PUBLISHED: 02:01 16 July 2008 | UPDATED: 22:04 15 June 2010

I am writing to support the views of Reverend Janet Webber, printed in your paper last week. My partner and I are entering into a civil partnership in just three weeks' time and, whilst we want our family and close friends to witness the occasion, we are

I am writing to support the views of Reverend Janet Webber, printed in your paper last week.My partner and I are entering into a civil partnership in just three weeks' time and, whilst we want our family and close friends to witness the occasion, we are also sensitive to the beliefs and prejudices of others and are therefore not having a flamboyant affair.We have never viewed the civil partnership as a 'wedding' or 'marriage', more a legal partnership, similar to two people setting up in business, where we are both equally responsible for finances and each other - a way of showing our respect for ourself and each other and protecting one another from whatever life and the Government throw at us.Families are often not as close as in years gone by, both geographically and emotionally, and the civil partnership gives a person a right to decide who they want to make life and death decisions for them in the event of emergencies. My partner has not spoken to her brother, who is her next of kin, for several years. He lives hundreds of miles away and it would take some time to contact him to make a decision. I am here, I care and, after the Civil Partnership has been signed, I will be able to make the right decision swiftly. It also protects people who have shared a house and paid jointly and equally to the upkeep of the property should one of them die. I am aware of ladies who have been widowed and decided to share accommodation for companionship and financial reasons who have entered into the civil partnership agreement. They are not in a homosexual relationship but want to ensure their financial security and well-being.By the way, although we are not church-goers, both my partner and I believe in God and do not believe we are bad people because of our chosen lifestyle. It takes more than living with a person of the opposite sex to be Christian!NAME AND ADDRESS SUPPLIED

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