Unequal Marriage: Either Apply Civil Partnerships Equally or Scrap Them

Feb 5, 2016 by

By Harry Benson, The Marriage Foundation: At the end of last week, a heterosexual couple claimed in the high court that their exclusion from civil partnership was discriminatory. Gay couples who want to legalise their commitment to one another can do it in one of two ways: either through civil partnership or through marriage. Heterosexual couples, on the other hand, have only one choice: marriage. In an age of equality, this doesn’t seem fair, the couple argued. Because of the historical...

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Yes, civil partnership law is deeply unfair – to relatives like me and my sister

Jan 30, 2016 by

by Catherine Utley, Spectator: Try as I might, I find it difficult to feel too sorry for Charles Keidan and Rebecca Steinfeld, the cohabiting heterosexual couple who have failed to persuade a High Court judge that the government is wrong to deny them the right to form a civil partnership. Mr Keidan and Ms Steinfeld do not like the ‘patriarchal connotations’ and other cultural baggage which they say are associated with marriage and they do not see why, when same-sex couples can opt for a civil...

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Heterosexual couple lose civil partnership court challenge

Jan 29, 2016 by

From BBC News: A heterosexual couple who want to enter into a civil partnership rather than marry have lost a High Court challenge. Rebecca Steinfeld and Charles Keidan, from London, were told in 2014 that they could not enter into a civil partnership because they were not of the same sex, as the law requires. They brought a legal challenge, saying the law discriminated against them. But Mrs Justice Andrews dismissed their claim for judicial review. The couple have said they intend to appeal....

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Judge to rule whether heterosexual couple can be allowed to form civil partnership

Jan 18, 2016 by

By Susie Mesure, Independent: When Charles Keidan tried to pop the question to Rebecca Steinfeld, she cut him off: “I was like, ‘No! I was going to do this!’.” she laughed, remembering how she dropped to one knee during a snowy walk in the French Pyrenees. The pair, who Keidan concedes “proposed to each other”, strive for equality in their relationship. So much so that marriage, with its patriarchal baggage, is out of the question, despite that engagement. Instead, the duo want a civil...

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Civil partnership registrations fall by 70% in a year

Oct 26, 2015 by

From Family Law Week: Following the introduction of marriages of same sex couples in March 2014, the number of civil partnerships formed in England and Wales has fallen by 70% from 5,646 in 2013 to 1,683 in 2014. The decline in civil partnerships was disclosed in the latest figures produced by the Office for National Statistics. The mean age of men forming a civil partnership in England and Wales in 2014 was 43.6 years, while for women it was 42.3 years, increasing by 3 years for men and 4...

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My sisters have lived together for 30 years. Now they should be allowed to tie the knot

Sep 11, 2015 by

By Tom Utley, Mailonline: Of all the injustices in this wicked world, the law that stops my sisters from forming a civil partnership is perhaps not the most grievous. But a serious injustice it is, nonetheless, and one that old family friend Alistair Cooke (now Lord Lexden) raised in the Upper House on Wednesday. For his pains, Alistair was slapped down by a minister, Baroness Williams of Trafford, who seemed unable to grasp his simple point, eloquently though he made it. Nor did she appear to...

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