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Will the Human Rights Act give gay couples the right to marry? Equality campaigners such as Stonewall say it wonít since the Act cannot override British legislation.
Stonewall says that it expects to see cases being brought on practical discrimination issues, such as couples not being eligible for each otherís pensions or legal next of kin status - both a potential breach of peaceful enjoyment of possessions by discrimination.
Article 14 (discrimination) cases only apply where they come under the scope of other rights.
However, while the Act wonít lead to marriage or adoption rights for gay couples, campaigners say that the cultural impact on the courtsí interpretation of current legislation, and the effect this will have on future law making, is extremely important for the gay rights cause.
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