Lib Dems call for Equal Civil Partnerships

Lib Dems: Civil partnerships ruling disappointing but fight will continue

A heterosexual couple have lost their Court of Appeal battle for the right to enter into a civil partnership instead of a marriage.

Liberal Democrat Shadow Equalities Secretary Lorely Burt, who was at the Court of Appeal today together with the Equal Civil Partnerships campaign, commented:

“This verdict is a slap in the face to mixed sex couples who want a civil partnership, but the fight will continue both at the grassroots level and in Parliament.

"The Government is now on borrowed time, with judges in agreement that this state of inequality cannot continue.

"Ministers must show political leadership and make a simple change to the law rather than hiding behind today’s judgement.

"It is not fair to the three million couples, and their children, who choose not to marry and therefore face legal and financial uncertainty.

"People should have the freedom to choose and civil partnerships should be open to all who want them."

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