Civil Partnerships for all?
In a unanimous verdict on June 27 the UK’s Supreme Court declared the rules that make Civil Partnership only open to same-sex couples unlawful.
It declared the the Civil Partnership Act 2004 incompatible with the European Convention on Human Rights as it only extends the right to partnership recognition to same-sex couples.
For some time Charles Keidan and Rebecca Steinfeld have been making their way through the courts putting a case arguing that they are being discriminated against on the grounds of sex, as a same-sex couple would be allowed the choice of marriage or civil partnership.
Civil Partnerships were expected by many to wither away as a form of partnership recognition once marriage was opened up to same-sex couples, but there is still demand for them – and in Northern Ireland they are still the only option for same-sex couples due to the DUP’s actions in the Stormont Assembly.It is now in the hands of minister Penny Mordaunt MP to respond to the court ruling.