A heterosexual couple who want to enter a civil partnership instead of getting married have been granted the right to take their case to the Supreme Court. The Court of Appeal in February rejected the claim brought by Rebecca Steinfeld, 36, and Charles Keidan, 40. The Civil Partnership Act 2004 only applies to same-sex couples. The couple, from west London, argue the government's position is "incompatible with equality law" and there is still "everything to fight for". Ms Steinfeld and Mr Keidan, who have a daughter and another child on the way, argue that not all families are comfortable with marriage, but want the "financial and legal protection" that a civil partnership provides. If the Supreme Court overturns the previous judgement, heterosexual couples would be allowed to enter the secular partnership, which came into law for same-sex couples in 2005.
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