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Monday, 21 June 2004

Law Lords confirm gay tenancy rights.

Excellent news. The ruling relates to a Court of Appeal ruling in November 2002 which granted homosexuals the same rights as heterosexuals to inherit the tenancy rights of a deceased partner. However, an appeal against that ruling was brought by a landlord who wished to end the statutory tenancy of a surviving gay partner, the existing tenancy agreement being subject to rent rise restrictions. The Law Lords have dismissed the appeal by a 4-1 majority. Baroness Hale, in issuing her ruling, commented:

"Everything which has been suggested to make a difference between the appellant and other surviving partners comes down to the fact that he was of the same sex as the deceased tenant."

"Homosexual relationships can have exactly the same qualities of intimacy, stability and inter-dependence that heterosexual relationships do."

- it is pleasing that such humane decisions are, at last, being upheld before the highest court in the United Kingdom.

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