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Heterosexual couple Rebecca Steinfeld and Charles Keidan fight for civil partnership

By Cathy Gordon

Published 20/01/2016

Rebecca Steinfeld and Charles Keidan outside the Royal Courts of Justice in London yesterday
Rebecca Steinfeld and Charles Keidan outside the Royal Courts of Justice in London yesterday

A heterosexual couple who want to enter into a civil partnership rather than marry have urged a judge to rule that they are being discriminated against.

Academics Rebecca Steinfeld and Charles Keidan, from Hammersmith, west London, argue that the Government's position on civil partnerships is "incompatible with equality law".

Dr Steinfeld (34) and Mr Keidan (39), who have been in a relationship since 2010 and have an eight-month-old baby, want legal recognition through a civil partnership. But the Civil Partnership Act 2004 says only same-sex couples are eligible.

Their QC Karon Monaghan told Mrs Justice Andrews at a hearing in London that without a civil partnership the couple, who are engaged, would be "forced to enter into marriage against their consciences or remain without the legal protection and privileges that they and their child need, and to which they believe they should be entitled".

The case continues today.

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