Feb 5, 2016

A heterosexual couple who want to enter into a civil partnership because they object to marriage have lost their legal challenge, at London’s High Court.

C4M has long criticised the idea of heterosexual civil partnerships as they would undermine marriage because they do not require lifelong commitment.

Back in 2013, our Campaign Director Colin Hart said: “A civil partnerships free-for-all will create two-tier marriage, with the option of marriage-lite for millions of unwed couples.”

Bringing in new legislation would also be very costly to the taxpayer when only a tiny minority are in favour.

Charles Keidan and Rebecca Steinfeld claimed that their human rights were being breached because same-sex couples can enter into a civil partnership or a same-sex marriage, while heterosexual couples can only get married.

But in her written judgment, Mrs Justice Andrews said the fact that homosexual couples have two options does not impinge upon the rights of heterosexuals.

Unfortunately C4M’s parallel argument against same-sex marriage was ignored. We asserted that only offering civil partnerships to same-sex couples – which are legally equivalent – did not impinge upon their rights.

Keidan and Steinfeld have announced that they will appeal the decision.