Straight Couple Suing for Civil Union Rather Than Marriage
On the cutting edge of constitutional law, a straight couple in the United Kingdom is suing for the right to tie the knot in a civil union rather than a wedding.
Tom Freeman and Katherine Doyle say a civil partnership under British law is more in keeping with their personal style, even though marriage and civil unions provide the same benefits, reports the Associated Press. However, the two London residents, who are both 26, have been refused one because they are not a same-sex couple.
“In our day-to-day life we feel like civil partners—we don’t feel like husband and wife, and we want the government to recognize that,” says Doyle.
Their campaign is supported by gay rights activists, who say a win would likely help encourage the right of same-sex couples to wed, if they wish.