Case for Heterosexual Civil Partnerships Goes to Supreme Court
The case to make civil partnerships available to everyone is heading to the Supreme Court.
Rebecca Steinfeld, 36, and Charles Keidan, 40, will argue that by only allowing civil partnerships for same-sex couples, the Government is contravening equality laws.
They believe that if there’s a choice to be had then it should be available to everyone regardless of sexual orientation.
And for better or worse, marriage comes with a lot of baggage; it isn’t everyone that wants religion and patriarchy associated with their relationship.
But marriage does offer couples a number of legal, financial and ethical securities that aren’t so easily available to cohabiting couples.
The Court of Appeal had previously agreed that there may be a breach of equality but, as there was talk of scrapping civil partnerships entirely, it argued that the Government should be given more time to reach a solution.
If the Supreme Court overturns the Court of Appeal’s decision, then it’s likely that we’ll see some opposite-sex civil partnerships in the future.