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Supreme Court rules on civil partnerships for heterosexual couples

Posted on 27 June 2018. Source: The Times

Supreme Court rules on civil partnerships for heterosexual couples

Emma Willing, Family department Managing Associate, was quoted in the 'Supreme Court to rule on civil partnerships for same-sex couples' article in The Times' The Brief.

The couple, who wanted a civil partnership as they said it better suited their relationship and values, first took the government to court in 2014. They argued that they faced discrimination because only same-sex couples were eligible for civil partnerships. The Supreme Court ruled on 27 June that a ban on civil partnerships for heterosexual couples is incompatible with human rights laws.

Emma said, “There is in fact no difference in terms of the financial consequences which flow from entering into a marriage or civil partnership and therefore, from a legal perspective, the debate is purely one of labels.

However, it is clear there is an attraction for couples who do not want to marry but wish to enter into a form of registered partnership becoming partners, rather than husband and wife.

Read the rest of the article here.

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