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.
Russian small missile ships - the Grad Sviyazhsk and the Great Ustyug - set off for a mission to the Mediterranean Sea
President Vladimir Putin has not released an official statement yet about his position on the issue of the pension reform in Russia