Cygnet Law has written to the Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice in support of Theresa May’s recent announcement that mixed sex couples will be able to enter into civil partnerships.

Peter Medd, Managing Director of Cygnet Law and a solicitor with more than 40 years’ experience, has written to the Rt Hon David Gauke MP praising the Prime Minister’s statement, urging the Government to move forward with the change as quickly as possible.

The proposed change, which was announced by Mrs May as part of the Conservative Party Conference, is a response to the Supreme Court’s ruling in June that the Civil Partnership Act 2004 did not comply with the European Convention on Human Rights.

However, the Government has not set a date for the legislation to come into place.

Peter Medd said: “At Cygnet Law, we see a lot of families and individuals whose rights are affected by the fact that a couple has chosen not to get married. Many people are committed to each other, but have decided they don’t wish to wed. In 2018, we should be in a position where any couple should have the same fundamental rights, regardless of being mixed or same sex, and whether or not they choose to marry.

“I have written to the Secretary of State for Justice on behalf of the firm to welcome the change in legislation, and encouraging him to make it a priority. The sooner we have full relationship equality for all, the better.

“We applaud Mrs May’s stance on this issue, and look forward to quick and meaningful action being taken by the Government in response.”