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This article considers whether civil partnership and marriage should be seen as parallel institutions for legal purposes, and whether the existence of two mutually exclusive institutions is permissible under the European Convention on Human Rights. It is suggested that, given the uncertainties and questionable arguments in relevant case-law, a successful future challenge to the distinction cannot be completely ruled out, but that its prospects of success are not great.
This work provides commentary, checklists, procedural guides and precedents on the subject in a...