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Civil Partnerships – ‘Wait and see…’

Date:3 MAY 2017
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Family law expert, Lawyer
Stala Charalambous is a family law expert

On 21 February the Judges in the Court of Appeal dismissed the Appeal of Rebecca Steinfeld and Charles Keidan for the right of a couple of the same sex to be able to enter into a civil partnership. This has caused a stir in the media and the decision has been referred to as ‘discriminatory’ and a ‘Breach of Human Rights’. (Steinfeld and Another v Secretary of State for Education [2017] EWCA Civ 81).

The case of Rebecca Steinfeld and Charles Keidan

In 2014 Rebecca Steinfeld and Charles Keidan notified the Chelsea Registry office that they wanted a civil partnership. They were informed that as the law stands in England and Wales they could not have one. They therefore made an application to court arguing that couples of a different sex should also be able to enter into a civil partnership instead of a marriage if they wished to do so. They were unsuccessful and their case went to the Court of Appeal.

Rebecca Steinfeld and Charles Keidan explained to the Court of Appeal their reasons why they did not want...

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