I expect it won’t be long until courts begin to realize that this capricious obstinacy has no basis in rational adjudication:
Two elderly sisters who live together have lost their final appeal in a discrimination case that claimed they were victims of discrimination under Britain’s civil partner law.
Joyce Burden, 90, and her 82-year-old sister Sybil (pictured) claimed that the partner law should have included any two people living in an interdependent relationship.
By not being included in the law they claim they could lose the their family home if either of them dies because the other could not afford to keep the home and pay Britain’s death duty tax.
The women fought their case all the way to the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg. …
The civil partnership law was passed in 2004. It grants same-sex couple of all of the rights and obligations of marriage except the name.
When the case began in 2006, Joyce Burden said that “If we were lesbians we would have all the rights in the world. But we are sisters, and it seems we have no rights at all.”
In UK law there is a 40 percent inheritance tax an exemption for the first $500,000. Married couples, and couples in civil partnerships, are exempt from the tax.
The sisters’ house cost about $14,000 to build in 1965 but was recently valued last at about $1.6 million. That would mean the surviving sister would be required to pay nearly $600,000 in death tax.
Great Britain should ditch the oppressive death tax, and if it wants to maintain a law that grants partner benefits to people who cannot, by the nature of their relationship, conceive children, then it should do so fairly.