*Steinfeld and another v Secretary of State for Education

Human rights – Right to respect for private and family life. The Court of Appeal, Civil Division, held that the judge had erred in having found that the civil partnership regime, limiting it to same-sex couples, did not fall within the ambit of art 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights. However, she had correctly held that the discrimination between the position of same-sex couples, who had the choice between two legal regimes recognising their relationship, and different-sex couples, who had only one, was at present justified.

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