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Same Sex Marriage & Civil Partnerships

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  • Figures published in latest ONS statistical bulletin News, 17/08/2018, free
  • Appeal concerning whether different sex couples are discriminated against by not being allowed to enter into a civil partnership. The Supreme Court unanimously held that they were and declared the CPA incompatible with the ECHR Judgment, 28/06/2018, free
  • Figures published latest marriages in England and Wales statistics from the ONS News, 14/03/2017, free
  • The Court of Appeal has dismissed the appeal against an earlier High Court decision refusing an opposite-sex couple judicial review of the Secretary of State’s decision not - at this stage - to propose any change to the bar on opposite-sex couples entering into a civil partnership. The majority considered it "proportionate, and therefore lawful, for the Secretary of State to have further time to undertake a proper assessment of the best way forward on what is an important matter of social policy, when a number of options, including the extension of civil partnership to different-sex couples, or its phasing out, fall to be considered." Judgment, 21/02/2017, free
  • Appeal against a decision refusing to set aside a Consent Order made in financial remedy proceedings following the dissolution of the appellant's civil partnership with her partner who has since died. The basis of the application to set aside the consent order (which was made after the death of the respondent) was that the deceased had been guilty of material non-disclosure in the financial remedy proceedings. The judge dismissed the appellant's application, which he regarded as being "without merit", and "doomed to failure", saying that allowing the case to proceed would be contrary to the court's overriding objective and his (the judge's) duty actively to case manage an application. The appeal was allowed and the case was remitted for directions before a High Court judge. Judgment, 17/10/2016, free

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