Thank heavens for common sense in this application being refused. It has completely misled people into thinking a "civil partnership" is a civil marriage and in some way has different expectations or entitlements than traditional marriage. Poppycock! Civil partnerships were introduced because of a perception our society would not tolerate same sex marriage. It enabled same sex couples to enjoy all the rights and responsibilities of a marriage. Time has moved on and we now have same sex marriage and in all probability civil partnership will phase itself out. This couples time would have been far better spent demanding reform to existing marriage and cohabitation laws.
Ms Steinfeld, 34, and Mr Keidan, 39, said they wanted to commit to each other in a civil partnership as it "focuses on equality" and did not carry the patriarchal history and associations of marriage.However, the Civil Partnership Act 2004 requires that partners be "two people of the same sex". It grants gay couples legal rights similar to those given to married couples.The law applies throughout the UK - although there are different rules for marriage and civil partnerships in Scotland and Northern Ireland.