Mar 23, 2016 — Dear Supporters,
We are delighted to share with you the news that our legal team has now lodged our appeal against the decision in the Judicial Review.
We’re sorry it’s taken us a while to write. It’s been a tough couple of months, as you can imagine. And the decision to appeal was not an easy one. Whilst we believe the ruling was wrong – both legally and morally – we had to balance our commitment to changing the status quo with the financial and emotional cost for us of continuing the effort.
You have made this possible
The reason we’re continuing is in large part thanks to you. Over 67,000 of you have signed our petition, hundreds of you have sent messages of support, and many of you have also donated to our legal fund. This gives us not only a powerful public mandate to proceed, but also a shared responsibility to act. The judge herself said that “this case raises issues of wider public importance” that deserve scrutiny by a higher court. She also acknowledged that many would regard the continued ban on opposite-sex couples’ access to civil partnerships as unfair.
What happens now
Our lawyers anticipate that our appeal will be heard in the first half of 2017 by a panel of three judges. We have a new lead barrister, Sarah Hannett. Sarah is a rising star at Matrix Chambers and joins our solicitor, Louise Whitfield of Deighton Pierce Glynn. Sarah is herself in a same-sex civil partnership, and is personally committed to both retaining civil partnerships and extending them to all.
What you can do
Please help us to fund the costs of our appeal via our GoFundMe page here: http://gofundme.com/civilpartnerships. We have tried very hard to keep legal costs to a minimum. Thanks to the generosity and commitment of our solicitor and barrister, as well as an independent foundation, the total burden is more manageable. But we still need £8,000 to cover legal costs through the appeal process.
Please give whatever you can.
Together we can keep the pressure on and ensure that civil partnerships are open to all.
Thank you for your on-going support,
Charles and Rebecca