A lesbian couple
announced in London Wednesday that they will not be
going through the appeal process for legal recognition of
their marriage. Celia Kitzinger, 50, and partner Sue
Wilkinson, 52, who wed in Vancouver in 2003, said they
can no longer financially afford challenging the
British legal system, reports Bloomberg News.
"We will continue to fight for equal marriage
rights for ourselves and for other same-sex couples,''
the couple said in a statement. "As we cannot pursue a
legal challenge, we will campaign in other ways instead."
A British court rejected their case in July,
ruling that Europeans view marriage as a means for
procreation, where both "maternal and paternal"
figures are present. The ruling added, "To accord a
same-sex relationship the title and status of marriage would
fail to recognize physical reality." (The