Written evidence from William Tufton [HAB0240]
When couples get married they make a lifelong commitment to one another. As a result the law recognises the death of a spouse. This should not apply to cohabiting couples as they have not made that commitment to each other.
The public commitment of the wedding vows gives family great stability. Do not underline that great bedrock of society by giving cohabitation identical privileges.
The government should raise awareness of the differences between being married and cohabiting so that the confusion about differences is dispelled rather than seeking to equate the two relationship statuses.