Government’s ban on heterosexual civil partnerships discriminatory

Couple win ruling at Supreme Court declaring Government’s ban on heterosexual civil partnerships discriminatory

On 5th December 2005, a landmark piece of legislation came into effect, for the first time enabling homosexual couples to enter an official ceremony of union known as a civil partnership. This provided similar rights to married couples such as in relation to property, parental responsibility for children and in dealing with organisations on behalf of their partner. The Government excluded heterosexual couples from the right to enter a civil partnership, leaving marriage as the only means of having their union as a couple legally recognised.

The right to marry was extended to homosexual couples in March 2014, but the disparity concerning civil partnerships left unaddressed. That disparity has now unanimously been declared as discriminatory against heterosexual couples by the Supreme Court.

Civil partnerships currently remain unavailable to heterosexual couples. It is hoped however that the Government will act quickly in response to this ruling to extend civil partnerships to all.

If this affects you, you can contact the Howells family law team on 0114 2496666.