Court rules against heterosexual couple who wanted civil partnership – The Guardian

‘A legal challenge aimed at overturning the ban on heterosexual couples entering into civil partnerships has gained ground despite defeat at the court of appeal, according to equal rights campaigners.’

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The Guardian, 21st February 2017

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Appeal court to rule on civil partnerships for heterosexual couples – The Guardian

Posted February 21st, 2017 in appeals, civil partnerships, equality, news, sexual orientation discrimination by sally

‘The appeal court is to decide whether opposite-sex couples can enter civil partnerships – without running away to the Isle of Man.’

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The Guardian, 21st February 2017

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Finance and Divorce Update November 2016 – Family Law Week

‘Claire Molyneux, Senior Associate and Naomi Shelton, Associate, both of Mills & Reeve LLP, analyse the news and case law relating to financial remedies and divorce during October 2016.’

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Family Law Week, 13th November 2016

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UK court to hear appeal about civil partnerships for straight couples – The Guardian

Posted October 31st, 2016 in civil partnerships, equality, news by sally

‘A couple who have been living together for the past six years will this week demand the right to a civil partnership, arguing that they face discrimination under the present law, which gives gay couples the option of marriage or a civil partnership but denies the latter to heterosexual couples.’

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The Guardian, 30th October 2016

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First heterosexual UK couple in civil partnership urge government to end ban – The Guardian

Posted October 21st, 2016 in civil partnerships, human rights, news by sally

‘The first UK-based opposite-sex couple to enter into a civil partnership in the British Isles have called on the government to make the process available to all couples, regardless of sexuality.’

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The Guardian, 21st October 2016

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The Family Justice Council Guide to Sorting Out Finances on Divorce – Family Law Week

‘Stuart Clark, Associate Solicitor at The International Family Law Group LLP, reviews the newly published guide for LiPs dealing with their financial matters after divorce or civil partnership dissolution.’

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Family Law Week, 14th April 2016

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In re G (Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 2008) – WLR Daily

In re G (Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 2008) [2016] EWHC 729 (Fam)

‘The applicant, X, who was at all material times in a same-sex relationship with Y, was the biological mother of twins, born as a result of IVF treatment provided by a licensed fertility clinic to Y, the gestational mother and the twins’ legal parent. Y was at all material times in a civil partnership with, though separated from, another woman who was not a party to the proceedings. Y, as the gestational mother, should have signed Form WP, and X, as her partner, should have signed Form PP. In fact, and as a result of what was accepted to have been errors by the clinic, Y completed and signed a Form PP and X completed and signed a Form WP. A similar mistake was made in relation to the Form IC signed by both Y and X. X, supported by Y, sought a declaration pursuant to section 55A of the Family Law Act 1986 that she was, in accordance with section 43 of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 2008, the legal parent of the twins and in the circumstances it was common ground that X was entitled to the relief she sought. The issues were: (1) whether that was a conclusion that the court could come to simply by a process of construction or whether the proper form of order was a decree of rectification and (2) arising out of the fact that Y was at all material times in a civil partnership with another woman, the potential impact of section 42(1) of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 2008 which provided: “If at the time of the placing in her of the embryo or the sperm and eggs or of her artificial insemination, W was a party to a civil partnership or a marriage with another woman, then subject to section 45(2) to (4), the other party to the civil partnership or marriage is to be treated as a parent of the child unless it is shown that she did not consent to the placing in W of the embryo or the sperm and eggs or to her artificial insemination … ”’

WLR Daily, 6th April 2016

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Sorting Out Finances on Divorce – Courts and Tribunals Judiciary

Posted April 8th, 2016 in civil partnerships, divorce, financial provision, married persons, news by tracey

‘This guide provides information for separating couples who are negotiating their own financial agreements on divorce or dissolution of a civil partnership. It provides a succinct summary of the law to help those who do not have access to legal advice to reach financial agreements without the need to go to court.’

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Courts and Tribunals Judiciary, 5th April 2016

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Heterosexual Civil Partnership Refusal Not A Human Rights Breach – UK Human Rights Blog

‘Steinfeld & Anor v The Secretary of State for Education [2016] EWHC 128 (Admin). The High Court has ruled in the case of Steinfeld and Keidan v Secretary of State for Education, a human rights challenge to the law of Civil Partnerships. Mrs Justice Andrews ruled that the current law does not breach the human rights of opposite-sex couples who cannot obtain a Civil Partnership.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 31st January 2016

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Heterosexual couple lose civil partnership court challenge – BBC News

Posted January 29th, 2016 in civil partnerships, equality, marriage, news by tracey

‘A heterosexual couple who want to have a civil partnership rather than get married have lost a legal challenge.’

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BBC News, 29th January 2016

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UK Government tells High Court: Same-sex couples may be shut out of Article 14 – UK Human Rights Blog

‘On 19-20 January, the England and Wales High Court (Mrs. Justice Andrews) heard the judicial review of the ban on different-sex civil partnerships brought by Rebecca Steinfeld and Charles Keidan. It was argued on behalf of the supposedly LGBTI-friendly UK Government (represented by Nicky Morgan, the Secretary of State for Education and Minister for Women and Equalities) that the High Court should follow two anti-LGBTI decisions from 2006.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 22nd Janaury 2016

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Couple to begin court fight against ban on heterosexual civil partnerships – The Guardian

Posted January 19th, 2016 in bills, civil partnerships, human rights, marriage, news by sally

‘The legal ban on heterosexual couples entering into civil partnerships is to be challenged in the high court.’

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The Guardian, 19th January 2015

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Gay man loses fight to secure equal pension rights for husband – The Guardian

‘A gay man has lost his appeal court bid to win his husband the same pension rights a wife would enjoy if he was in a heterosexual relationship.’

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The Guardian, 6th October 2015

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Court of Appeal set to rule in landmark case on pension benefits affecting surviving civil partners – OUT-LAW.com

‘The Court of Appeal in London is set to determine what pension benefits surviving civil partners are entitled to receive when their spouse dies in a landmark judgment due out on Tuesday.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 5th October 2015

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Gay priest forced to wait for verdict in church discrimination tribunal – The Guardian

‘A clergyman who wed his partner in a same-sex marriage may have to wait until next year to find out whether a decision by the church to remove his right to officiate was discriminatory.’

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The Guardian, 1st September 2015

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Gay couple in fight for equal pension rights – BBC News

‘A gay man has launched a legal bid for his husband to have the same pension rights a wife would have if he was in a heterosexual relationship.’

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BBC News, 29th June 2015

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Mapped: Where is same sex marriage legal in the world? – Daily Telegraph

Posted May 22nd, 2015 in civil partnerships, equality, homosexuality, marriage, news by sally

‘As Ireland prepares to vote on the same sex marriage referendum, we map where it is already legal using data from the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association.’

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Daily Telegraph, 21st May 2015

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Changes to the Divorce Process in England and Wales: Q&A – Family Law Week

‘HM Courts & Tribunals Service explain how the forthcoming changes will affect the divorce process in England and Wales.’

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Family Law Week, 15th April 2015

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UK minister asks foreign governments to clarify rights of gay people – The Guardian

Posted March 5th, 2015 in civil partnerships, foreign jurisdictions, homosexuality, marriage, news by tracey

‘The government has written to the authorities in more than 70 countries and foreign jurisdictions in an attempt to clarify the rights of gay people who are working or travelling abroad. The equalities minister, Jo Swinson, has asked national and regional governments including Australia, Chile, Israel, South Africa and all 50 US states to confirm whether they recognise British civil partnerships and marriages between same-sex couples, and what rights gay people can expect when they travel.’

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The Guardian, 5th March 2015

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Marriage tax allowance: how does it work? – The Guardian

Posted February 23rd, 2015 in civil partnerships, income tax, married persons, news, remuneration, taxation by sally

‘Registration has opened for the new marriage tax allowance – a Conservative policy which will allow some couples to share part of their annual income tax allowance.’

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The Guardian, 20th February 2015

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