A heterosexual couple from London have won their legal bid for the right to have a civil partnership instead of a marriage.
Rebecca Steinfeld, 37, and Charles Keidan, 41, who previously lost their case at the Court of Appeal, had been prevented from having a legal union as the law currently only recognises civil partnerships for same sex couples.
The Supreme Court today ruled in the couples favour, claiming that the Civil Partnership Act 2004 is incompatible with the European Convention on Human Rights.
Campaigners urged the government to "seize this opportunity" and allow all people to access civil partnerships.
In a civil partnership, a couple is entitled to the same legal treatment in terms of inheritance, tax, pensions and next-of-kin arrangements as marriage.
The couple, who have two children, stated that the "legacy of marriage" was not an option for them, adding: "We want to raise our children as equal partners and feel that a civil partnership - a modern, symmetrical institution - sets the best example for them."
Today's ruling does not oblige the government to change the law although it does make it more likely that the goverment will address the issue in detail.
Martin Loat, chairman of the Equal Civil Partnerships campaign, said: "There is only one possible way forward - giving everyone the right to a civil partnership - and we urge the government to seize this opportunity to announce it will end this injustice now."
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