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Heterosexual couple lose court appeal to enter into civil partnership

Heterosexual couple Rebecca Steinfeld and Charles Keidan have lost their Court of Appeal battle for the right to enter into a civil partnership.

The judges agreed the couple had established a potential violation of Article 14 of the Convention, taken with Article 8 but Lady Justice Arden dissented on the question of whether the policy of "wait and evaluate" was justified at present.

Ms Steinfeld said: "We are pleased that today's ruling has shown that the Government must act very soon to end this unfair situation.

"All three judges agreed that we're being treated differently because of our sexual orientation, and that this impacts our private and family life.

"All three rejected the argument that we could 'just get married'. All three emphasised that the Government cannot maintain the status quo for much longer - they are on borrowed time."

Ms Steinfeld said Lady Justice Arden accepted their case on almost every point.

"We lost on a technicality, that the Government should be allowed a little more time to make a decision.

"So there's everything to fight for, and much in the ruling that gives us reason to be positive and keep going."

Mr Keidan said: "The Court of Appeal has made it clear the status quo cannot continue.

"The Government should now recognise the benefits of opening civil partnerships to mixed-sex couples.

"The measure is fair, popular, good for families and children, and long overdue. They have everything to gain."

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