Tuesday 21 February 2017 / 12:13 PM 2017 Press Archive / The Latest from Labour

It is disappointing news that Rebecca Steinfeld and Charles Keidan have lost their Court of Appeal battle to enter into a Civil Partnership – Champion

Sarah
Champion, Labour’s
Shadow
Secretary of State for Women and Equalities
, commenting on the Court of Appeal judgement on
Civil Partnerships, said:

“It is
disappointing news that Rebecca Steinfeld and Charles Keidan have lost their
Court of Appeal battle to enter into a Civil Partnership.

“Labour
are proud to have introduced Civil Partnerships in 2004 as a key step in
achieving true marriage equality for LGBT people.

“But, now
that same sex marriage has been legalised, it is an anomaly that Civil
Partnerships are not available to all couples regardless of their gender and
sexuality.

“Civil
Partnerships should be extended to heterosexual couples who wish to have a
legal union in accordance with their individual beliefs and values.

“Labour
will continue to push the government to look again at this important issue.”