Civil partnerships: 'The law must catch up with the development of modern families,' says campaigner Rebecca Steinfeld

Civil partnerships: 'The law must catch up with the development of modern families,' says campaigner Rebecca Steinfeld

Rebecca Steinfeld and Charles Keidan want a civil partnership

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

The law must catch up with the development of modern families, the government only needs to remove six words from the Civil Partnership Act, says a campaigner.

A couple recently went to the Court of Appeal in a bid to allow heterosexual couples to enter a civil partnership, rather than get married. They lost the case, but they intend to appeal at the Supreme Court.

Rebecca Steinfeld, who brought the case with her partner Charles Keidan, told Julia Hartley-Brewer the reason she doesn't want to get married is "to do with the problematic history of marriage".

She believes there are "millions of cohabiting couples in this country who want to access" the protections of civil partnerships, but Julia argued, "they’re not getting married for the same reason they don’t want a civil partnership," in that they don't want to make a commitment.

Steinfeld added that the "law has to catch up with how modern families are developing" and protect cohabiting families. To allow civil partnerships for heterosexual couples would just mean removing "six words" from the Civil Partnership Act.

Listen to the full interview above