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The supreme court to decide if opposite sex couples can enter a civil partnership

14 May 2018

The supreme court to decide if opposite sex couples can enter a civil partnership

Today the Supreme Court commenced hearing a landmark case to determine whether the Article 8 rights of an opposite-sex couple are breached by the prohibition on them entering into a civil partnership. Ms Steinfeld and Mr Keidan are attempting to judicially review the Secretary of State’s decision to permit only same sex couples to become civil partners. In many countries couples have a choice of whether to enter some form of civil partnership or to marry whether they are of the same or opposite sex. Ms Steinfeld and Mr Keidan are arguing that the decision not to allow this in England and Wales is discriminatory and therefore breaches their Article 14 and Article 8 rights. The Court of Appeal held last year that whilst the decision was discriminatory, it was justified at the present time. The hearing continues tomorrow.

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