The Guardian‘s Owen Bowcott describes the first heterosexual couple to acquire a domestic partnership in the United Kingdom. All I can say is that if the United Kingdom wanted domestic partnerships to be viable, on the model of France, they would have been opened up long before now to opposite-sex couples.
The first opposite-sex couple in the British Isles to go through a civil partnership ceremony have celebrated their union in Douglas, the capital of the Isle of Man.
Adeline Cosson, 24, and Kieran Hodgson, 22, wanted to “keep it simple” rather than have a traditional wedding. They are considering getting married at a later date.
Civil partnerships, which were introduced in 2004 for same-sex couples following lobbying by equal rights campaigners, are not available for heterosexual partners in the UK.
A London couple, Charles Keidan and Rebecca Steinfeld, are going to the court of appeal in November to argue that denying opposite-sex couples civil partnerships breaches their human rights.
But the Isle of Man, which is not part of the UK and decriminalised gay sex in the 1990s, made civil partnerships available to everybody this summer.