Couple challenge ban on heterosexual civil partnerships

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A couple have been granted permission by the High Court to pursue an application for judicial review of the ban on heterosexual couples forming a civil partnership.

The couple, Rebecca Steinfeld and Charles Keidan, wish to register as civil partners, on the grounds that traditional marriage is sexist, have started judicial review proceedings.

Ms Steinfield said that this was “a significant milestone in our effort to open civil partnerships to all, regardless of sex or sexual orientation.”

The judge also granted the couple a Protective Costs Order which will limit their liability to pay the government’s legal costs in the event that their case is unsuccessful.

Despite this, the couple could still be liable for up to £70,000 of legal costs, and so have launched a GoFundMe appeal for contributions.

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