Open civil partnerships to all

£36,000 of £40k goal

Raised by 1,203 people in 23 months
Charles Keidan and Rebecca Steinfeld  Pembridge Ward, ENG
The option of a civil partnership is not open to us, nor to millions of other opposite-sex couples in the UK. Why?

Because the Civil Partnership Act 2004 states: ‘Two people are not eligible to register as civil partners of each other if … they are not of the same sex.’

This is direct discrimination on the basis of sex and sexual orientation.

Now, same-sex couples can choose whether to have a civil partnership or marriage – a choice that should be celebrated as major social progress. The same principle of equality should apply to all couples, regardless of sex or sexual orientation.

There are almost 3 million long-term, opposite-sex cohabiting couples in the UK, a number that has doubled since 1996. Preventing these couples from accessing civil partnerships denies them protections under the law: no rights to ownership of each other’s property, no rights to inherit the other’s estate, and no rights to tax benefits provided to married couples. This lack of protection has a negative effect on families and family life, especially these couples’ estimated 1.9 million dependent children.

Many of these cohabiting couples want to express their love and formalise their relationships within a modern social institution that avoids the historical baggage, and social expectations, pressures and traditions surrounding marriage. Opening civil partnerships to all would enable them to do exactly that.

Our Story: We are one such long-term, opposite-sex cohabiting couple. When we sought to give ‘notice of intention’ to form a civil partnership in October 2014, we were refused by the Registrars. Not taking this discrimination lying down, we have launched a legal case against the UK government. It will be heard in the Court of Appeal on 2nd and 3rd November 2016. 

Now we need your help.

1.   Please contribute to our legal effort:

2. Please contribute to our campaign effort:

3.    Please sign and share our petition to ask the Minister for Women and Equalities to open civil partnerships to all:

Thank you for your support.

Charles Keidan and Rebecca Steinfeld


@charleskeidan & @beccasteinfeld
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Update 23
1 day ago

Join us at Court on Wednesday!

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

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:

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

#equalcivilpartnerships @EqualCPs

PS Event details again:

Where: Royal Courts of Justice, The Strand, London
When: 9am, Wednesday 2nd November
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Update 22
19 days ago

Join us at Court!

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 ( 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:

Date: Wednesday 2nd November
Time: 9am
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 (

Positive Progress

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

#equalcivilpartnerships #equallove

PS - If you haven't already done so, please consider donating to the campaign via this link
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Update 21
2 months ago

Thank you for your support of Charles Keidan and Rebecca Steinfeld's legal effort. If you wish to support the Campaign for Equal Civil Partnerships, please click here:
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Update 20
5 months ago

Civil Partnership Appeal Hearing Set for Autumn 2016

Dear supporters,

We’re excited to let you know that our challenge against the ban on opposite-sex couples’ access to civil partnerships will be heard in the Court of Appeal on 2nd and 3rd November 2016. Please put the date in your diaries!

You may recall that the High Court judgment earlier this year said that the ban was lawful. However, the same judge also said that many people would regard the situation as unfair and that, as the case “raises issues of wider public importance,” it deserves scrutiny by a higher court.

The fight for equal civil partnerships continues!

What you can do

1. Please contribute to our legal fund

Our costs are now more manageable thanks to all your support, as well as the commitment of our legal team. However, we still need to raise another £2,000 to cover our costs up to and including the appeal hearing, so please give whatever you can.

2. Please come together with thousands of others who wish to see civil partnerships available to all by joining the campaign, liking our Facebook page and following us on Twitter @EqualCPs. You’ll be the first to hear our news and updates!

Thank you for your on-going support and encouragement. We’ll keep you posted.

Charles Keidan and Rebecca Steinfeld

#equalcivilpartnerships #equallove

@charleskeidan & @beccasteinfeld
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