- Civil partnership bar constitutes potential violation of human rights (Steinfeld v Secretary of State for Education)
- Original news
- What was the key issue before the Court of Appeal?
- What did the Court of Appeal decide and what did the court have to say about the difference in treatment of same-sex and opposite-sex couples being justified by the Secretary of State’s current policy of ‘wait and see’?
- Was this discrimination justified under Article 14, ECHR?
- What are the implications of this decision for practitioners, those in civil partnerships—and for the future of civil partnerships in general?
- What happens next?
Family analysis: Discussing the Court of Appeal’s judgment in Steinfeld and another v Secretary of State for Education, Alison Green, partner and head of the family team at Mackrell Turner Garrett, suggests that it is only a matter of time before the government will have to change their position, whether by extending the current law to opposite-sex couples or abolishing civil partnership completely.
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