Since 2005 same sex couples have been able to enter into Civil Partnerships with each other. That right was given by the Civil Partnerships Act 2004. Then since 2014 same sex couples have been given the right to marry.
However heterosexual couples have only the right to marry and not the right to enter into a Civil Partnership. Is this discriminatory? The Supreme Court in a recent judgement thought that was the case.
The case brought by these two people Rebecca Steinfeld and Charles Keidan. They had thought that marriage was inappropriate since it was patriarchal and they should have the right to enter into a Civil Partnership.
The Supreme Court thought that the two categories, same sex and opposite sex were being treated unequally. It was stated by them that “the government knew that it was perpetrating unequal treatment by the introduction of [ gay marriage ] but it decided to take no action.”
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