Few things separate us more than marriage - well the topic anyway. Even in the LBGT community there is division on whether Civil Partnership is actually special to same sex couples; but with marriage available to us all should the law itself recognise this? If we want true equality shouldn't discrimination law protect us all?
A Court of Appeal ruling on whether a heterosexual couple can have a civil partnership is due later. Rebecca Steinfeld and Charles Keidan, from London, took their case to the Court of Appeal following a defeat at the High Court last year. They are challenging a ruling that they could not have a civil partnership because they did not meet the legal requirement of being the same sex. The couple said they faced discrimination. The Civil Partnership Act 2004 - which applies throughout the UK - requires that partners be "two people of the same sex". It grants gay couples legal rights similar to those given to married couples. The introduction of same-sex marriage - which became legal in England, Wales and Scotland in 2014 - has since given gay couples a choice between that and civil partnership.