21 April 2010
Green Party pledges to open up civil partnerships and marriages
In its manifesto, the Green Party pledged to relax rules governing civil partnerships and marriages.
The organisation - which is seeking to attract voters ahead of next month's general election - cited a total of 14 measures aimed at promoting gay and transgender equality.
One of the things it said it would do was open up civil partnerships and marriages to straight and gay couples.
It also said it would lift the gay blood donation ban if it assumed power.
Commenting on the issue, leader of the party Caroline Lucas said: "We are delighted that our general election manifesto includes strong commitments to further extend the rights and freedoms of [lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender] people."
She added that there is a lot of progress to be made in ending homophobia and transphobia.
According to Ms Lucas, the Green Party are proposing "far-reaching" reforms.
Currently, there is much speculation concerning who will take power following May 6th, with a hung parliament one possibility.