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Heterosexual Couple Wins Right To Have Civil Partnership

A heterosexual in England couple have won the right to have a civil partnership instead of a marriage. The Supreme Court unanimously ruled in favor of Rebecca Steinfeld and Charles Keidan from London. The court said the Civil Partnership Act 2004 – which only applies to same-sex couples – is incompatible with the European Convention on Human Rights. However, the government is not obliged to change the law, although it does make it more likely that the government will now act, the BBC’s legal correspondent Clive Coleman explained. In a civil partnership, a couple is entitled to the same legal treatment in terms of inheritance, tax, pensions and next-of-kin arrangements as marriage. The couple, who met in 2010 and have two children, said the “legacy of marriage” which “treated women as property for centuries” was not an option for them.

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