Marriage remains the only option for heterosexuals

A heterosexual couple have lost their appeal court battle to have the right to enter into a civil partnership instead of marriage. The couple wanted the security of the civil partnership without what they called the ‘patriarchal baggage of marriage’. The couple argued that the legislation for civil partnerships, which only allows them for same sex couples, was discriminatory and in breach of their human rights.

The court essentially agreed but wished to allow the government more time to complete its research into the impact of same-sex marriages on civil partnerships. The government didn’t wish to be rushed into making legislation which, given time, might prove to be wrong or unnecessary.

Nicola Furmston is a solicitor and head of the Family team at Barker Gotelee.

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