'We are discriminating against heterosexual couples if we don't allow them to have civil partnerships,' says Peter Tatchell

'We are discriminating against heterosexual couples if we don't allow them to have civil partnerships,' says Peter Tatchell

Rebecca Steinfeld and Charles Keidan campaigned for a civil partnership

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Civil partnerships should be available to everyone, and it is dicrimination to only allow homosexual couples to enter them, says a leading human rights campaigner. 

The Court of Appeal has ruled that heterosexual couple Rebecca Steinfeld and Charles Keidan cannot enter a civil partnership, and the law currently states that civil partnerships are only available to same sex couples.

Human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell told Julia Hartley-Brewer, "if we’re going to have civil partnerships, they should be available to everyone."  He added, "it's a fundamental principle that in a democratic society we should all be equal before the law."

He also claimed “the Church of England does meddle a lot in legislation on this issue and related matters." However, he believes they shouldn't be "dictating what happens in civil ceremonies in registry offices."

Julia also asked why heterosexual couples would want a civil partnership. Tatchell said that some people find the terms husband and wife don't "fit with the modern world" because marriage was previously based "male domination against women."

Listen to the full interview above