A n appeal has ruled that civil partnerships will not be extended to heterosexual couples. The ruling was after an appeal of a previous court case which sought to extend the right of civil partnerships beyond same-sex couples. However, the court once again rules there was no need to extend the reach of civil partnerships.

He case had been brought by several campaigners, including LGBT advocate Peter Tatchell. The message behind the campaign was that the right to opt out of the institution of marriage yet still have the legal rights it afforded couples should be an option open to ll.

Civil Partnership was established before the introduction of same-sex marriage in order to give legal recognition to couples who were excluded from marriage. There are still a great deal of couples living in the civil partnership, although a vast number also chose to ‘up-date’ to marriage as soon as the same-sex marriage act was passed.

It is thought the campaign will continue, despite the ruling.

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Natalie has been an LGBT journalist for 12 years and joined the Fyne team in 2001. Her interests outside of work are cycling, running and badminton. She is also studying for a degree in psychology.

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