This week the Court of Appeal, by a majority, upheld the High Court’s ruling in January 2016 against the right to civil partnerships for opposite-sex couples in the case of Rebecca Steinfeld and Charles Keidan. The couple have vowed to appeal to the Supreme Court.

The Court of Appeal agreed that the bar on opposite-sex civil partnerships constitutes a potential violation of the couple’s human rights under articles 14 and 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights, but did not make any declaration on the human rights issue, noting that there is already a private member’s Bill on civil partnerships before parliament. The majority...

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