Singer George Michael said Tuesday that he and his longtime partner plan to make their relationship official under new legislation offering gays many of the legal protections available to married couples.
The legislation creating civil partnerships becomes effective Dec. 21. Michael said he and Goss, who have been a couple for nearly ten years, planned a "small, private ceremony".
The Civil Partnerships Bill passed by Parliament last year gives same-sex couples the right to form legally binding partnerships and entitles them to some of the same tax and pension rights married couples have, AP reports.
Russia may terminate all kinds of military and military-technical relations with Israel, including the agreement on the exchange of reconnaissance data
The Ilyushin 20 (Il-20) military electronic reconnaissance aircraft of the Russian Air Force with 14 servicemen on board that went off radar screens off the coast of Syria was shot down by Syrian air defense systems over the Mediterranean Sea