A hetero-sexual couple have been granted the right to appeal to the Supreme Court regarding their wish to enter into a civil partnership.
This case has been ongoing for some time now and has drawn a lot of media attention.
Currently, civil partnerships are only available for same sex couples under Civil Partnership Act 2004.
Miss Steinfield and Mr Keidan seek to argue that civil partnerships should be open to all couples who do not wish to marry but wish to formalise their relationship and have the same entitlements as married couples.
The Court of Appeal previously said there could be a potential breach of the parties human rights in not allowing heterosexual couples to enter into civil partnerships but allowed the Government more time to decide the future of civil partnerships.
If the Supreme Court rule in the parties favour, the options open to couples wishing to formalise their relationship would increase.
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If the Supreme Court overturns the previous judgement, heterosexual couples would be allowed to enter the secular partnership, which came into law for same-sex couples in 2005.