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Equal civil partnerships, discrimination and the indulgence of time : R (on the application of Steinfeld and Keidan) v Secretary of State for International Development.

Hayward, A. (2019) 'Equal civil partnerships, discrimination and the indulgence of time : R (on the application of Steinfeld and Keidan) v Secretary of State for International Development.', Modern law review., 82 (5). pp. 922-935.

Abstract

In R (on the application of Steinfeld and Keidan) v Secretary of State for International Development the Supreme Court unanimously declared that the ban on different‐sex civil partnerships was incompatible with Articles 8 and 14 of the European Convention on Human Rights. In a strikingly robust and, at times, acerbic manner, the Court systematically dismantled the Secretary of State's request for tolerance of a discriminatory and unsustainable legal position. The decision represents a clear victory for those campaigning for reform and the issuing of a declaration of incompatibility by the Court is likely to have influenced the later announcement by Prime Minister Theresa May in October 2018 that different‐sex civil partnerships will ultimately be introduced in England and Wales.

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Publisher Web site:https://doi.org/10.1111/1468-2230.12437
Publisher statement:This is the accepted version of the following article: Hayward, A. (2019). Equal Civil Partnerships, Discrimination and the Indulgence of Time: R (on the application of Steinfeld and Keidan) v Secretary of State for International Development. Modern Law Review 82(5): 922-935., which has been published in final form at https://doi.org/10.1111/1468-2230.12437. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance With Wiley Terms and Conditions for self-archiving.
Date accepted:21 February 2019
Date deposited:21 May 2019
Date of first online publication:20 May 2019
Date first made open access:20 May 2020

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