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>> Well, it's quite exciting, actually.>> In 2004, civil partnerships were introduced for gay couples in the UK.>> The equivalent of gay marriage.>> Then, in 2014, same sex marriage became legal here as well. Now, a victory almost in reverse for this straight couple.>> While we have won our legal battle-
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>> Rebecca Steinfeld and Charles Keidan have won the right to enter a civil partnership, a union that's previously only been allowed for same sex couples. Those civil partnerships and marriage offer similar legal rights. The couple object to marriage for what they call its patriarchal nature, and say they want to set a better example for their children.
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>> There are 3.3 million cohabiting couples in this country, the fastest growing family type. Many want legal recognition and financial protection, but cannot have it because they're not married or because this choice of a civil partnership is not available to them. The law needs to catch up with the reality of family life in Britain in 2018.
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>> But it's been a long four year battle, and their bid in February last year was rejected.>> Thank you everyone for coming.>> Wednesday's victory doesn't mean the government's obliged to change the law, but it does make it more likely. And in reaction to the ruling, Prime Minister Theresa May told parliament she would consider the ruling with, quote, great care.
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>> Countries are able to,