A heterosexual couple have lost the latest stage of their court battle to be allowed to enter into a civil partnership rather than marry. 

As the law stands, same sex couples are able to marry or form civil partnerships, whereas couples of the opposite sex can only marry. 

Rebecca Steinfeld and Charles Keidan have said that they want their relationship to be legally recognised, but not through marriage because of its religious origins and patriarchal connotations. They argued in court that the current law discriminates against heterosexual couples and breaches their human rights.

It remains to be seen whether they will seek to take their case to the Supreme Court. In any event, now that same sex couples can marry, the government may elect to phase out civil partnerships altogether.