Equal Civil Partnerships Campaign
Under UK law, only same-sex couples can form civil partnerships. We want different-sex couples to have that choice as well.
We've already come a long way. Over 130,000 people have signed our petition on Change.org calling on the government to open civil partnerships to all. MPs from across the political spectrum are calling for change.
Meanwhile, Charles Keidan and Rebecca Steinfeld, a different-sex couple from London, are challenging the ban in the courts. Their case was heard in the UK Supreme Court on 15th May 2018 and judgment will be handed down on 27th June 2018.
These efforts need your support. With your help, we can sustain and grow our political campaign and legal case.
Your donations will be used to:
- Employ a part-time campaign manager to coordinate activities
- Employ a political consultant to provide strategic advice
- Organise events in Parliament to raise awareness
- Assist with legal costs
Please give generously.
Thank you for your support.
Rebecca Steinfeld, Charles Keidan and everyone at the Equal Civil Partnerships Campaign team
On Wednesday 2nd November, we will be making our case for #equalcivilpartnerships at the Court of Appeal. Please come down - your support will make a huge difference.
Join us for coffee and pastries at 9am outside the Royal Courts of Justice on The Strand. Alistair Carmichael MP, who helped push same-sex marriage through Parliament, and author and LGBT campaigner Owen Jones will be there too.
Your public support will speak volumes. Just come along on the day or sign up here https://www.facebook.com/events/371369619861885/
Reasons to be hopeful
The first ever different-sex civil partnership in the British Isles took place in the Isle of Man two weeks ago, putting more pressure on the Government to open civil partnerships to all.
We will be doing all we can to make this a reality on 2nd November.
But you can help too. The campaign needs your support. Please consider making a donation if you can. Here’s the link: https://www.gofundme.com/ECPcampaigns
It’s been almost two years since we started this effort. Since then, we’ve moved home (twice!), had a baby, and gone through a few sleepless nights. We couldn’t have maintained our case or campaign without your encouragement and support. Thank you.
We’ll keep you posted.
Rebecca Steinfeld and Charles Keidan
PS Event details again:
Where: Royal Courts of Justice, The Strand, London
When: 9am, Wednesday 2nd November
To our wonderful supporters,
It may be getting colder outside but things here at the Equal Civil Partnerships Campaign are hotting up. In less than a month, we take our case to the Court of Appeal!
We would be honoured if you could join us outside the Court of Appeal in London as the hearing begins on Wednesday 2nd November. Let’s celebrate our shared cause together and show judges and policymakers alike how much this means to us all.
We’ll be gathering outside the court at 9.00am for breakfast and photos, complete with lots of giant cut-out hearts! You can sign up on Facebook ( https://www.facebook.com/events/371369619861885/) or just turn up on the day. The press may ask to interview couples who want a civil partnership, so if that’s you and you’re happy to be interviewed, please drop us a line: email@example.com
Date: Wednesday 2nd November
Place: Royal Courts of Justice on the Strand, London
We want to make the day as colourful as we can so we’re going to be putting our art skills to the test by creating lots of large cut-out hearts for the occasion. Please join us for that if you can on Tuesday 18th October - otherwise make your own at home and bring them along. Sign up on Facebook ( https://www.facebook.com/events/541080162764967/).
There’s been lots of positive progress over the last few months. The Isle of Man has introduced same-sex marriage and different-sex civil partnerships, showing how easy and possible it is to attain full relationship equality. Why can’t England and Wales be next?
The number of MPs and other prominent people backing our cause has also continued to grow. MPs from all parties are calling for civil partnerships to be open to all. So too are public figures, like the writer Owen Jones, as well as organisations including Liberty and TUC Women.
Every ounce of pressure counts. That’s why we would dearly like to see your show of support during our hearing.
It’s only with all your support that we’ve come this far - and that we’ll be able to go further.
Thank you all and warm wishes from all of us here at the campaign,
Rebecca and Charles
@beccasteinfeld & @charleskeidan
PS - If you haven't already done so, please consider donating to the campaign here.
Hello fantastic supporters,
Wow, the momentum behind the campaign for equal civil partnerships just keeps building!
The Isle of Man has shown how easy and quick it is to extend civil partnerships to all. There, different-sex couples can now civilly partner and same-sex couples can marry, establishing full relationship equality. Now pressure is really mounting on the rest of the British Isles to follow suit.
Not only that but the issue is rising up the agenda in Scotland too. The Humanist Society Scotland issued a statement saying that “part of the journey to equality would be to allow mixed-sex couples access to civil partnerships.” And the Equality Network, a large LGBTIQ campaign based in Scotland, strengthened that call by saying, “civil partnership exists, works well, and there is continuing demand, so let's keep it as a choice, and make it fairly available to all." Hear hear!
We’re winning in the court of public opinion too: A recent Daily Telegraph poll showed an overwhelming 82% of respondents in favour of allowing opposite-sex couples’ access to civil partnerships.
To continue this progress and push policymakers to extend civil partnerships to all here in England and Wales too, we need your support:
Please donate! We have raised over £1,300, and thank those of you who have already donated. Please consider making a donation to the campaign fund if you can. Anything you give will help maintain and expand our efforts.
Do you live in Putney, Gosport, Maidenhead?
Are you in a different-sex relationship living in Putney, Gosport, or Maidenhead? We have a special mission for you! It will make a huge difference to the campaign. Please email us and we’ll tell you more: firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you again for all your support.
It should be an eventful few months with our Court of Appeal hearing coming up on 2nd and 3rd November. We’ll continue to keep you updated.
Warm wishes to all,
Charles and Rebecca
Civil Partnership should be available to us all as it if we maybe in a relationship with say a very fine handsome man as me as I am a very modest attractive lady marriage seems maybe nice to me and yet you hope the marriage would be fine good friendship and specially if me and him had children and yet it is a great commitment if with children of our own his and mine boys and girls and if nice great and yet can be hope not complicated for some as it takes great courage to comit to another person specially a very fine handsome man and not against the man as I like guys always did even as a child playing with nice boys and girls as friends and friends with some teenage boys and girls to and even older years friends or loving friends with nice fine guys and ladies. If with this very fine man it would be lovely if fine and content and yet maybe for me or other ladies been with such a very fine man specially if very intelligent, great career, contrasting in fine suit and tie, mens fashion, casual clothes, ladies love him a lot, guys admire him, he socializes hopefully nice dances and dinning out, trips on holiday, lovely boat trips and not against very fine American men some can though not all be very charismatic and so charming and handsome and intelligent and great careers and holidays and some not all admire them and ladies it maybe hard for such a very fine man to be tied to one lady such as me or any lady and such a very fine man would have to want me or any lady in just friendship, civil partnership, marriage or even just as a course tutor and we may not get on and hope not yet may be not content and what if I maybe not able to have children boys and girls would he still want me only for myself and if he may marry or if allowed civil partnership with me I would give him permission to have a surrogate mother maybe for his children like some ladies would.