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Heterosexual couple lose court appeal fight to enter civil partnership

A heterosexual couple have lost their Court of Appeal battle for the right to enter into a civil partnership.

Rebecca Steinfeld and Charles Keidan, who objected to the “patriarchal baggage” of marriage, wanted to secure legal recognition of their six-year relationship but were prevented because the Civil Partnership Act 2004 says only same-sex couples are eligible. 

The academics, who live in Hammersmith, west London, and have a 20-month-old daughter, said the Government’s position is “incompatible with equality law”.

However the Court of Appeal dismissed their challenge.

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