16 Jul Civil Partnerships for opposite-sex couples– Are we there yet?
No we are not there yet. The Civil Partnerships, Marriages and Deaths (Registration etc) 2017-19 became law in March 2019. The new law provides that the Secretary of State is to make regulations by no later than 31st December 2019 which will then allow opposite-sex couples to enter into civil partnerships. Until the Secretary of State makes the regulations then opposite-sex couples will not be able to enter into a civil partnership.
The Government has recently released a consultation paper which sets out how they intend to extend civil partnerships to opposite-sex couples. The second part of the consultation paper seeks public consultation on whether an opposite-sex couple should be able to convert their marriage into a civil partnership. The law currently allows same sex couples who entered into a civil partnership to convert their civil partnerships into a marriage. There is a link to the consultation paper below if you wish to read it.
Link to the consultation paper:
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