Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Civil right

Congratulations to Charles Keidan and Rebecca Steinfeld, the heterosexual couple who - after a protracted and arduous legal battle - have won the right to have a civil partnership. The Supreme Court decreed that the Civil Partnership Act 2004 contravenes the European Convention on Human Rights because it discriminates in favour of same-sex couples.

Had Jen and I had the option of a civil partnership, we would have taken it ahead of marriage - indeed, at one point we were one of a number of people to answer Peter Tatchell's call for couples to volunteer to test the durability of the law. So, while today's news comes too late for us, it offers hope to those who share our misgivings about the historical and cultural significance of marriage.

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