For some, getting married is a milestone in life taken for granted or naturally expected. Others object to the idea of what they see as a patriarchal union.

Rebecca Steinfield and Charles Keidan opposed the idea of marriage and felt a civil partnership reflected the equal nature of their relationship and was without the social expectations that are tied to marriage. However, the 2004 Civil Partnership Act only allows for same-sex couples and the couple believe it is unfair to prevent them enjoying this status. They are currently challenging through the courts a right to make civil partnerships available to mixed-sex couples.

As many as 3.3 million unmarried mixed-sex couples in the UK have very little to no legal rights, and a change in the law would mean they have the option to choose a civil partnership if they don’t want to get married for legal protections such as the ability to inherit property tax-free from their partner.

The couple are campaigning for the law to allow mixed-sex couples the legal recognition and financial protections that come with being recognised by the law as partners, without having to get married. In Rebecca Steinfield’s words “we see each other as partners rather than husband and wife.”

Their legal battle has lasted 3 years to date and their case is before the Supreme Court last with the judgment to follow. This is a very significant case in relation to equality, and has gained a lot of support from the public to make civil partnerships available to all regardless of gender or sexual orientation.


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