High Court rules that heterosexual couples cannot enter into a civil partnership in the recent case of Steinfeld and Keidan v Secretary of State for Education (2016). Civil partnerships are currently only available to same sex couples. Ms Steinfeld and Mr Keidan were in a long-term relationship and had a child together. They both had strong objections to the values of marriage and felt that a civil partnership would reflect and recognise the status of their relationship. The application failed because the State already provides for a formal recognition of their relationship in the form of marriage. However the amendment to the Civil Partnership Act 2004 is due to have its second reading in the House of Commons on 11 March 2016 which will enable heterosexual couples to enter into a civil partnership. It seems that the real issue is that there is no protection afforded to cohabiting couples unless they marry. The Cohabitation Rights Bill, introduced to rectify this inequality, had its first reading in the House of Commons on 4 June 2015 but the second reading is yet to be scheduled.