‘A heterosexual couple have won their legal bid for the right to have a civil partnership instead of a marriage.’
The Supreme Court unanimously ruled in favour of Rebecca Steinfeld, 37, and Charles Keidan, 41, from London.
The court said the Civil Partnership Act 2004 – which only applies to same-sex couples – is incompatible with the European Convention on Human Rights.
Ms Steinfeld said she hoped the government does the “right thing” and extends civil partnerships to all.
“We are feeling elated,” she told the BBC outside court. “But at the same time we are feeling frustrated the government has wasted taxpayers’ money in fighting what the judges’ have called a blatant inequality.”
The judgement does not oblige government to change the law, although it does make it more likely that the government will now act.’
In wake of this groundbreaking news, CWC’s Family and Matrimonial specialist, Matthew Becker comments on the story and issues at hand…
“Civil partnerships were essentially the equivalent to marriage for same sex couples prior to same sex couple marriage being legalised in March 2014. From then onwards same sex couples have had the option of either having a civil partnership or a marriage, with many couples who had civil partnerships taking the plunge again and marrying. Since then heterosexual couples have not had the right to a civil partnership whereas same sex couples did.
This was a complete imbalance and one which needed to be corrected. It is not possible for the civil partnership legislation to be repealed – doing so would potentially undo civil partnerships for same sex couples who have not decided to take a further step and marry, so the only way to achieve fairness and equality for all couples is to permit heterosexual couples to have civil partnerships.
It is disappointing that the government challenged this as far as they did as it was bound to be unsuccessful on the issue before the courts”
Source – Associated Press BBC
See the BBCs full coverage on the story here – https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-44627990