Edited by Chris Ashford and Alexander Maine
Chapter 2: From the litigants perspective: Wilkinson v Kitzinger and the pursuit of marriage equality in England and Wales
We are a British lesbian couple who married legally in Canada, but subsequently had our marriage deemed a civil partnership in England and Wales. We brought a High Court case (Wilkinson v Kitzinger & Ors ) seeking a declaration of the validity of our marriage as a marriage in our home country, alleging breaches of our human rights. We lost our case, but continued to pursue marriage equality, which was eventually won in England and Wales (as well as in Scotland) in 2014. In this chapter we explain why we got married in Canada and discuss our experience of bringing (and losing) this High Court case, and its repercussions. We end by reflecting on the current situation of marriage equality worldwide.
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