UNITED NEWS INTERNATIONAL (UNI) —A British man and woman finally won their legal fight to have a civil partnership instead of getting married.
Rebecca Steinfeld and Charles Keidan of London had asked for a civil union because of objections to the “patriarchal” institution of marriage.
The Civil Partnership Act of 2004 allowed same-sex couples a legal union that provided financial protection for both parties like in a marriage. Same-sex partners have also been able to marry since 2014.
Both Steinfeld and Keidan felt it was discriminatory to allow same-sex couples the option of marriage or a civil union but not heterosexuals.
So, they took the matter all the way to the U.K. Supreme Court.
The court ruled the Civil Partnership Act 2004 which only applies to homosexual couples was “incompatible” with the European Convention on Human Rights.