When civil partnerships came into being there were howls of outrage from some quarters. One response was to point out that no-one was being disadvantaged by this because it was just offering homosexuals the chance to obtain the same rights as married heterosexuals. Now it seems that; Full story here If this goes ahead will it also apply to homosexuals? Will we see acrimonious court cases over custody of the tastefully coordinated furniture and hand-woven Peruvian peasant smocks? But seriously, it seems that the status of marriage has been so eroded over the past few decades that it hardly seems worthwhile. Am I being old-fashioned or does anyone else mourn the passing of another cornerstone of our culture?