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Justifiable Discrimination - The Case of Opposite-Sex Civil Partnerships

Hayward, A.

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OPPOSITE-SEX couples are prohibited from forming a civil partnership. Following the introduction of same-sex marriage, the Civil Partnership Act 2004 was not extended to opposite-sex couples, resulting in the unusual position that English law permits same-sex couples access to two relationship forms (marriage and civil partnership) yet limits opposite-sex couples to one (marriage). This discrimination was recently challenged in the courts by an opposite-sex couple, Rebecca Steinfeld and Charles Keidan, who wish to enter a civil partnership owing to their deeply-rooted ideological opposition to marriage. Rejecting marriage as a patriarchal institution and believing that a civil partnership would offer a more egalitarian public expression of their relationship, the couple argued that the current ban constitutes a breach of Article 14 read in conjunction with Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights.


Hayward, A. (2017). Justifiable Discrimination - The Case of Opposite-Sex Civil Partnerships. Cambridge Law Journal, 76(2), 243-246.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date May 10, 2017
Online Publication Date Jul 12, 2017
Publication Date Jun 1, 2017
Deposit Date May 10, 2017
Publicly Available Date May 30, 2017
Journal Cambridge Law Journal
Print ISSN 0008-1973
Electronic ISSN 1469-2139
Publisher Cambridge University Press
Peer Reviewed Not Peer Reviewed
Volume 76
Issue 2
Pages 243-246


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