At the present time, same sex couples can get married or enter into a civil partnership but opposite sex couples can only get married.
The Court of Appeal ruled earlier this year that this means that couples are being treated differently. Same sex couples have more options than opposite sex couples. But what will the government decide to do on the future of civil partnerships? Should civil partnerships be available to all or should they be removed completely?
A heterosexual couple lost their Court of Appeal battle in February 2017 to have a civil partnership instead of marriage. They wanted a more equal arrangement which is not burdened with the ‘sexist history’ of marriage. More people are viewing traditional marriage as very dated and sexist with too much religious weight and believe that a civil partnership would reflect themselves as equal parties in the way that they feel that marriage does not. Therefore they are not choosing marriage out of principle and they will wait to see as to whether the government will close the civil partnership loophole.
The Civil Partnership Act (2004 amendment bill) would extend the availability of civil partnerships to opposite sex couples, was due to have its second reading in parliament on 12 May 2017 but this has now been postponed. It remains to be seen as to what the government will decide to do.
If you would like more information, speak to our Family Law Solicitor, Louisa Gothard on 020 7998 7777 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.