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Sexual orientation and family law

Norrie, Kenneth McK. (2001) Sexual orientation and family law. In: Family dynamics. Butterworths, Edinburgh, Scotland, pp. 151-175. ISBN 0406932395

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    On 29th March 2000 the Scottish Parliament passed its fifth piece of legislation, the Adults with Incapacities (Scotland) Act 2000. One small provision tucked away in this important legislation amends the definition of "nearest relative" in the Mental Health (Scotland) Act 1984, in order to include within that phrase members of conjugal same-sex couples1. The relative obscurity of this provision must not hide its import, for this is the first time that legislation anywhere in the United Kingdom has expressly and intentionally given recognition, for civil law purposes, to the existence of same-sex family relationships.

    Item type: Book Section
    ID code: 980
    Keywords: sexual orientation, family law, scots law, Law (General)
    Subjects: Law > Law (General)
    Department: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences (HaSS) > School of Law > Law
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    Depositing user: Ms M. Frossman-Finney
    Date Deposited: 10 May 2006
    Last modified: 06 Oct 2012 07:06

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