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Posted 27 June 2018
by Aimee Aspinall

Heterosexual Couple Win Legal Battle Right to Have a Civil Partnership

Couple on a beach

The Supreme Court has today unanimously ruled in favour of a heterosexual couple entering into a civil partnership instead of a marriage. The ruling comes after a long legal battle brought by Rebecca Steinfeld and her partner Charles Keidan, commenced in 2015. The couple’s claim that the law was discriminatory had been previously rejected by the Court of Appeal in 2017.

Same-sex couples have been able to choose whether to enter into a civil partnership or marriage since March 2014.

The Supreme Court has now ruled that the Civil Partnership Act 2002, which only applied to same-sex couples, is incompatible with the European Convention on Human Rights.

Campaigners are urging the government to change current legislation to allow all individuals access to civil partnerships irrespective of gender.

This landmark decision is a welcome indication that the law needs to change to be compatible with more fluid family situations, as many couples are choosing not to enter into marriage.

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Aimee Aspinall

Associate of CILEx

Associate of CILEx in the Exeter family team