A heterosexual couple who want to enter a civil partnership instead of getting married have been granted the right to take their case to the Supreme Court. The earlier courts concluded it would not be right to allow the couple to become civil partners, as civil partnership legislation was greater for same sex relationships. However, the Court of Appeal has suggested that despite rejecting their request there was a potential breach of the couple's human rights.
The legal consequences of marriage and civil partnerships are the same, but campaigners for civil partnerships argue that marriage includes notions of patriarchy and religious connotations.
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Ms Steinfeld and Mr Keidan, who have a daughter and another child on the way, argue that not all families are comfortable with marriage, but want the "financial and legal protection" that a civil partnership provides.