Couple challenge heterosexual civil partnership ban

A heterosexual couple have launched a legal challenge against the existing ban on heterosexual civil partnerships in the UK.

Rebecca Steinfeld and Charles Keidan from London didn’t want a traditional white wedding and hoped they would be able to have a civil partnership, similar to those offered to homosexual partners, but were turned down by a sympathetic registrar, who informed them that under UK law they couldn’t have one .

The, pair, who describe themselves as feminists, said they found traditional marriage “patriarchal”, but wanted to establish a legal partnership before the birth of their first child.

Speaking to The Guardian Miss Steinfeld said their main problem with traditional union was that it was steeped in a history of domestic and sexual servitude that they did not wish to be associated with.

She said that the “sexist trappings” of weddings still extended into the present day in the way it denies mothers from signing the registry.

The couple will now have to wait for the Government to extend, civil partnerships to straight couples, a move promised by the government promised earlier this year.

In the mean time they have applied for a judicial review against the decision of the local council in London to prevent them having a same-sex civil partnership.

It is thought that the move to allow heterosexual civil partnerships would be welcomed by many cohabiting couples, who are currently not afforded the same right as married couples.

Civil Partnerships were originally introduced to give same-sex relationships similar legal rights to married couples.

However, last year gay marriage was legalised and Couples who had already entered into civil partnerships were given the same opportunity to convert their union into a marriage.