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Civil Partnership for different-sex couples to become possible in Scotland
25/06/2020
Civil Partnership for different-sex couples to become possible in Scotland

In June 2018, the Supreme Court decided that different-sex couples were discriminated against because they couldn’t enter into a Civil Partnership. At that point, same-sex couples had the option of either entering into a Civil Partnership or getting married. The Civil Partnership option wasn’t available to different-sex couples (you can view the Supreme Court decision by clicking here.)

 

Jump two years forward to June 2020 and we see the Scottish Parliament unanimously pass the Civil Partnership (Scotland) Act 2020. This new Act gives different-sex couples the option of entering into a Civil Partnership instead of becoming married. However, further secondary legislation is needed before the provisions in the Act allow the actual different-sex Civil Partnerships to take place.

 

Shirley-Anne Somerville, the Cabinet Secretary for Social Security and Older People, said: “I assure the chamber that I am committed to implementing the bill as soon as possible so that no one will have to wait too long to enter into a mixed sex civil partnership, should they wish to do so."

 

This new legislation means that, when fully enabled, couples will have the choice of entering into a marriage or a Civil Partnership. In either case, it means the relationship the couple have is properly recognised in law and gives the parties security and legal protection on separation and death.