Heterosexual couple win right to civil partnership

A¬†heterosexual couple have won their legal bid for the right to have a civil partnership instead of a marriage. The Supreme Court agreed that the Civil Partnership Act 2004 – which only applies to same-sex couples – is incompatible with the European Convention on Human Rights. The appeal was brought by Rebecca Steinfeld and Charles Keidan who said they had “deep-rooted ideological objections to marriage” because it was “historically hetero-normative and patriarchal”. The verdict could have a significant impact on the government’s pension costs and tax income, as civil partners are entitled to the same legal treatment in terms of tax, inheritance and pensions as in marriage.

The Times, Page: 4 The Daily Telegraph, Page: 13 The Guardian, Page: 3 Financial Times, Page: 2 The Sun, Page: 26 Daily Express, Page: 12 The Independent, Page: 19

Posted 28/06/2018