Steinfeld and Keidan: what happens next? – Family Law

‘Five Supreme Court Justices have ruled in favour of a heterosexual couple whose three and a half year legal campaign challenged legislation preventing opposite-sex couples from entering into a civil partnership. The court unanimously agreed that the Civil Partnership Act 2004 is ‘incompatible’ with the European Convention on Human Rights as it applies only to same-sex couples and therefore amounted to discrimination.
This judgment will likely put the Government under significant pressure to change the law and allow heterosexual couples to become civil partners. Currently, opposite-sex couples may only marry, whilst same-sex couples may opt to marry or enter into a civil partnership.’

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Family Law, 28th June 2018

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Case Comment: R (Steinfeld & Anor) v Secretary of State for International Development [2018] UKSC 32 – Supreme Court Blog

‘Often, the road to equality is long and arduous, just ask the same-sex couples who had to wait until the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act 2013 for recognition of the right to marry or those whose right to legal recognition will still feel a long way off. On any view, the road to equality in civil partnerships will be shorter. But that route has had its own difficulties and the significance of the success of this appeal should not be underestimated.’

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Supreme Court Blog, 28th June 2018

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Supreme Court declares Civil Partnership Act 2004 incompatible with human rights law – Family Law

‘The Supreme Court has ruled unanimously that lack of provision in the Civil Partnership Act 2004 for opposite-sex couples to enter into a civil partnership is incompatible with human rights law.’

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Family Law, 27th June 2018

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The ‘straight civil partnership’ challenge: All you need to know before the Supreme Court Judgment – UK Human Rights Blog

‘The Supreme Court will hand down Judgment on Wednesday 27th June 2018 in R (on the application of Steinfeld and another) v Secretary of State for the International Development (in substitution for the Home Secretary and the Education Secretary).’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 25th June 2018

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Ban on heterosexual civil partnerships in UK ruled discriminatory – The Guardian

‘A heterosexual couple who were denied the right to enter into a civil partnership have won their claim at the UK’s highest court that they have suffered discrimination.’

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The Guardian, 27th June 2018

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UK plan to extend civil partnerships revealed in government report – The Guardian

Posted May 14th, 2018 in civil partnerships, news, sexual orientation discrimination by sally

‘A confidential report drawn up for the former equalities minister Justine Greening proposed extending civil partnerships to opposite-sex couples and building “a consensus for legislation”, according to internal policy documents seen by the Guardian.’

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The Guardian, 13th May 2018

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Theresa May says she deeply regrets Britain’s legacy of anti-gay laws – The Guardian

Posted April 18th, 2018 in homosexuality, news, sexual orientation discrimination by sally

‘Theresa May has said that she “deeply regrets” Britain’s historical legacy of anti-gay laws across the Commonwealth as its 53 leaders gathered in London for their annual summit.’

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The Guardian, 17th April 2018

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Gay priest Jeremy Pemberton’s discrimination appeal dismissed – BBC News

‘A gay clergyman stopped from becoming a hospital chaplain has lost his appeal over a discrimination claim against the Church of England.’

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BBC News, 22nd March 2018

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The EU gave LGBT people protection. Without it, we face persecution again – The Guardian

‘The EU withdrawal bill undermines the rights of all UK citizens – but it is especially disastrous for the LGBT community.’

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The Guardian, 22nd January 2018

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Lesbian couple win legal battle after being denied IVF treatment that would have been given to same-sex parents – Daily Telegraph

‘A lesbian couple who wanted a baby were discriminated against over their sexuality after being denied access to funded IVF treatment which would have been given to same-sex partners.’

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Daily Telegraph, 13th December 2017

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Equal Civil Partnerships: Implications of Strasbourg’s latest ruling for Steinfeld and Keidan – Helen Fenwick & Andy Hayward – UK Human Rights Blog

‘Equal civil partnerships divide opinions. For their proponents, access to such a status, and the legal benefits that follow, allows couples critical of marriage – whether same or different-sex – the ability to express their relationship through (in their view) a more appropriate, modern and egalitarian legal institution. Opponents question such a need in light of the availability of civil marriage, which has over centuries evolved and may not now necessarily be perceived as embodying the patriarchal or heteronormative values that its critics challenge. Calls for allowing different-sex as well as same-sex couples to enter civil partnerships in England and Wales have grown louder recently following the failed Equal Love case (Ferguson v UK), the production of several Private Members Bills and the on-going litigation in Steinfeld and Keidan v Secretary of State for Education, due to be heard by the Supreme Court in Spring 2018. The desire, however, for different-sex civil partnerships is not limited to this jurisdiction, and was recently explored for the first time by the Strasbourg court in Ratzenböck and Seydl v Austria. After exploring the background to this legal challenge, this post will critically analyse the reasoning of the Strasbourg Court and assess its implications for the challenge in Steinfeld.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 21st November 2017

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Inns of Court accused of not doing enough to combat homophobia as research uncovers discrimination – Legal Futures

‘Many LGBT+ barristers believe the Inns of Court are not doing enough to combat homophobia at the Bar, according to a ground-breaking study which suggested that “homophobia is stronger at the Bar than in the general population”.’

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Legal Futures, 26th September 2017

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Teenagers convicted of homophobic hate crime – Crown Prosecution Service

‘Three teenagers who pleaded guilty to attacking two passengers on a train because of their sexuality have today been jailed. The three male youths, two aged 16 and one aged 17, were each sentenced to six months in prison at Uxbridge Magistrates’ Court on 14 September, after admitting violent disorder and, in one case, possession of an offensive weapon.’

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Crown Prosecution Service, 14th September 2017

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Leicester City fan fined for chanting homophobic hate at Brighton supporters – The Independent

Posted September 15th, 2017 in fines, guilty pleas, hate crime, news, sexual orientation discrimination, sport by tracey

‘A football fan has been fined after admitting chanting homophobic abuse at rival supporters during a Premier League match.’

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The Independent, 14th September 2017

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Song labelling gay couple ‘fairy’ and ‘fag’ is not homophobic, court rules – The Independent

‘A song labelling gay men as “fairies” and “fags” is not homophobic, a court has ruled.’

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The Independent, 12th September 2017

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Christian magistrate in gay adoption row set for legal battle with 0NHS bosses – Daily Telegraph

‘A Christian magistrate who lost his job and then his role as an NHS director for speaking out against adoption by same-sex parents will this week sue NHS bosses claiming political correctness can prevent Christians holding public posts.’

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Daily Telegraph, 30th July 2017

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Gay men to be allowed to give blood three months after sex – The Guardian

‘Blood donation restrictions for gay men and sex workers are to be relaxed in England and Scotland under a series of equalities reforms announced by the government. Gay men will be allowed to donate blood three months after sexual intercourse instead of a year. Sex workers, who were previously banned from donating, will be subject to the same three-month rule.’

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The Guardian, 23rd July 2017

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EU Law provides Pension Equality – UK Human Rights Blog

‘EU Equality law had its moment in the sun in the week after London Pride with the UK Supreme Court Judgment in the case of Walker v Innospec.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 18th July 2017

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Why We Should Oppose Gender Identity Fraud Prosecutions – Legal Voice

‘Following the conviction of Gayle Newland for tricking a female friend into having sex by pretending to be a man, Alex Sharpe looks at why such prosecutions are wrong.’

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Legal Voice, 10th July 2017

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Gay man in fight for equal pension rights for husband ‘confident’ of Supreme Court win – Daily Telegraph

‘A gay man fighting to win his husband the same pension rights a wife would enjoy in a heterosexual relationship described feeling “confident” as he began the final round of his legal battle.’

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Daily Telegraph, 8th March 2017

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