Court dismisses heterosexual civil partnership challenge


The Court of Appeal has dismissed a heterosexual couple’s claim in Steinfeld and Keidan -v- Secretary of State for Education [2017] EWCA Civ 81that the prohibition on them entering a civil partnership was discriminatory, in that it breached Article 14 with Article 8 of the ECHR. The Court held that Article 8 was engaged, but that the interference with Article 14 was justified as the Government should be permitted to have more time to decide on the future of civil partnerships. Karon Monaghan QC, Dan Squires QC and Sarah Hannett were involved in the case.