There is a common public misconception that unmarried couples that live together have a common law marriage status that confers legal protection upon them. Jenny McCartney, writer for the Sunday Times, discusses in an interesting article on Sunday 19 July 2015 the staggering statistics of the British societies attitudes and beliefs around unmarried couples legal status; proposals to a change in the law in this area; the way society today views relationships and marriage and whether or not there should be rights for heterosexual couples to enter into Civil Partnerships.
The article concludes that there should be no reason that heterosexual couples should not be allowed to enter a Civil Partnership and there is one particular couple who are seeking to overturn the ban on access to Civil Partnerships for opposite sex couples with. Charles Keidan and Rebecca Steinfield are taking their case to Judicial Review later this year. See below links to the Equal Civil Partnership website and their donation page to find out more.