Civil partnerships extended to mixed-sex couples.

Jagadeesh Tamilselvan 15 Jul 2021 59

Mixed-sex couples in Scotland are now able to enter civil partnerships after campaigners called for a change in the law...

Previously, the law only allowed same-sex couples to be civil partners.

The change follows a ruling in the Supreme Court in 2018, which found that the existing UK law went against the European Convention on Human Rights on equality grounds.

The first civil partnership in England took place in December 2019.

Rebecca Steinfeld and Charles Keidan, who won a legal battle for the right to heterosexual civil partnerships, celebrated at Kensington and Chelsea Register Office in west London.

The couple said their “personal wish” to form a civil partnership came from a “desire to formalise our relationship in a more modern way, with a focus on equality, and mutual respect”.

Ms Steinfeld said it creates “new, modern possibilities” for thousands of people to express their love and commitment and ends “the unrivalled position of marriage”.

The Civil Partnership Act 2004 came into force on 5 December 2005, allowing same-sex couples, who were not permitted by law to marry, to register a civil partnership.

The new law enabled same-sex couples to enjoy similar rights and responsibilities to those of a married couple.

However, at the end of 2014, the law changed to allow same-sex couples to marry.

 

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