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Marriage is here to stay: Steinfeld and Another v Secretary of State for Education [2016] EWHC 128 (Admin)

Date:29 JAN 2016
Mark Sage Associate TLT LLP

Further to my post 'Could this be the end of marriage?' it would appear not after the High Court today rejected the claims of Ms Steinfeld and Mr Keidan to change the law to allow them to enter a civil partnership.

Mrs Justice Andrews dismissed their claim for judicial review on the basis that the different treatment of gay and opposite sex couples did not infringe upon their right to a private and family life enshrined in Article 8 of the European Convention of Human Rights.

She clarified by saying that even if it did the different treatment was justified as opposite sex couples can enter civil marriages which are egalitarian and encompass the core principles of family life.

The government has indicated at past hearings that the future of civil partnerships has not been decided and that it was waiting to see how extending marriage to same-sex couples impacted upon the number of civil partnerships before making a decision on the future of civil partnerships. The government did not want to enter into a costly and...

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