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Tick-box marriage

A civil partnership for heterosexual couples will not undermine the institution of marriage. It will stop people who do not believe in it from entering into one and developing a tick-box marriage

26 February 2016

A recent High Court decision has confirmed that heterosexual couples cannot enter into a civil partnership, unlike same-sex couples who have the option to either enter into a civil marriage or a civil partnership.

Rebecca Steinfield and Charles Kiedan's argument, that this disparity between same-sex and opposite-sex couples was discriminatory, was rejected by the High Court. The court found that heterosexual couples were 'not disadvantaged' by the legal position as they were able to marry, affording them the same legal rights as a civil partnership.

Notwithstanding this decision and reasoning behind it, it is interesting to examine why it is such an issue for either side of the debate. Why is it so important for heterosexual couples to be able to form civil partnerships and equally, why has the government been so reluctant to make them available in this way?

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