You may have recently read about a heterosexual couple applying to the court for the right to form a Civil Partnership, who were refused by the Judge in the first instance and then again by the Court of Appeal. Their application is for a judicial review of the decision by the government not to propose any change to the bar on opposite-sex couples entering into a Civil Partnership since the legalisation of same-sex marriage on 13th March 2014.

A Civil Partnership gives a relationship between two people of the same sex legal recognition. It gives the parties the same rights as a marriage (upon dissolution and death) but without being married.

Now the couple have been given permission to take their case to the Supreme Court. So watch this space…