Mixed-sex Civil Partnerships fight goes to court

A court case begins today challenging the Government Equalities Office to open up civil partnerships to mixed-sex couples.

Charles Keidan and Rebecca Steinfeld are bringing the case, arguing the current situation with marriage and civil partnership law constitutes unlawful discrimination.

Wales, Scotland and England now have marriage open to mixed-sex or same-sex couples, while civil partnerships – though the initial House of Lords bill did not discriminate – were legislated as solely for same-sex partners.

This creates a peculiar anomaly. As we reported, public consultation under the last government suggested opposition to mixed-sex civil partnerships, and David Cameron declared himself against any extension of civil partnerships. However there are some bisexual and heterosexual people who would like to have that as an alternative to “traditional” marriage.

A BCN readers’ poll prior to the same-sex marriage law being passed suggested bi people want civil partnerships and marriage to both be opened up regardless of gender.

The case is expected to run for two days: we look forward to the verdict.