Law and religion round-up – 20th May


Having posted an earlier draft because Frank, stupidly, hit the wrong button, this is the authentic version

Civil partnership and no-fault divorce

Two cases in the Supreme Court last week were of more than passing interest to law and religion geeks aficionados. Rebecca Steinfeld and Charles Keidan appealed against the decision in Steinfeld & Anor v Secretary of State for Education [2017] EWCA Civ 81, arguing that the bar on civil partnership for opposite sex couples is in breach of Article 14 (discrimination) ECHR together with Article 8 (respect for private and family life): brief summary here. Next, argument was heard in Owens v Owens [2017] EWCA Civ 182, in which Mrs Tini Owens is seeking a divorce from her husband on the grounds that their marriage has irretrievably broken down because of his unreasonable behaviour – which he successfully disputed at first instance and in the Court of Appeal: brief summary here.

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