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Ban on civil partnership for heterosexual couples discriminatory

Related Member(s):
Karon Monaghan QC, Sarah Hannett, Dan Squires QC
Related Practice Area(s):
Human Rights

The Supreme Court today determined that the ban on civil partnerships for opposite sex couples constituted a breach of article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights, read in conjunction with article 14. The Supreme Court issued a declaration of incompatibility in respect of the Civil Partnership Act 2004, ss 1, 3 to the extent that they preclude an opposite sex couple from entering into a civil partnership.

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Karon Monaghan QC and Sarah Hannett acted for Rebecca Steinfeld and Charles Keidan and were instructed by Louise Whitfield at Deighton Pierce Glynn, and Dan Squires QC acted (with Sir James Eadie QC) for the Secretary of State.