Case finds against civil partnership for heterosexual couple

A heterosexual couple have failed in their legal battle to have a civil partnership instead of a marriage.

Rebecca Steinfeld, 35, and Charles Keidan, 40, lost their case at the Court of Appeal following a ruling that said they could not enter into a civil partnership because they were not the same sex.

Judges in the appeal court acknowledged that the prohibition may breach articles 8 and 14 of the European Convention on Human Rights but that the government should be given more time to determine the future of civil partnerships, in line with its policy of “wait and evaluate”.

The couple plan to appeal to the Supreme Court.

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