Opposite-sex civil partnership and “illegitimacy”?

The Telegraph reports that Rebecca Steinfeld and Charles Keidan, who are to register their civil partnership today, New Year’s Eve, have been told by “an official” that they will have to re-register the births of their children. The article continues: “according to the Equal Civil Partnerships campaign group, town hall clerks appear to be applying this to the thousands of mixed-sex civil partnerships expected over the next year”. But is that what the law requires?

The version of s.9 (Re-registration of birth of legitimated person) of the version of the  Legitimacy Act 1976 on www.legislation.gov.uk currently reads as follows: Continue reading