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  • Writer's pictureFrances Bedbrook-Kelly

Heterosexual couple win right to a Civil Partnership

The Supreme Court today handed down a Judgement which will open up Civil Partnerships to heterosexual couples who want a legal union but do not want to get married.

The Civil Partnership Act 2004 only applied to same sex couples which resulted in discrimination of heterosexual couples. The Court agreed that the couple, who brought the case, had established a potential violation of Article 14 of the European Convention of Human Rights which relates to discrimination along with Article 8 which related to the right to a private and family life.

Many people object to the traditional idea of marriage which has historically been a patriarchal institution lead by the head of the family, being the Husband.

Civil Partnerships are generally see as just that, a partnership of equality between two people.

If you want legal advice, please feel free to speak to Frances Bedbrook-Kelly, a Consultant Solicitor with Garden House Solicitors.

Frances can be contacted on 01992 422128 or

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