Tag Archives: civil partnership

White Wedding?

The arrival of same-sex marriage for England and Wales opened up marriage to people who had never married before. According to the Office for National Statistics, in 2014, of all individuals marrying a same sex partner 85% were forming their first legally recognised partnership compared with 76% for mixed-sex couples. So of the 5,000 same-sex marriages that year some 4,000 […]

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5,000 people married – without a wedding?

Nearly two and a half thousand couples got married in 2014 – usually without a wedding! When same-sex marriage was introduced there was an option introduced for those couples who had registered a civil partnership to be able to ‘convert’ their partnership registration to marriage. This month’s Office for National Statistics figures show that, following the introduction of the same-sex […]

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Mixed-sex Civil Partnerships fight goes to court

A court case begins today challenging the Government Equalities Office to open up civil partnerships to mixed-sex couples. Charles Keidan and Rebecca Steinfeld are bringing the case, arguing the current situation with marriage and civil partnership law constitutes unlawful discrimination. Wales, Scotland and England now have marriage open to mixed-sex or same-sex couples, while civil partnerships – though the initial […]

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Conversion Day!

For civil-partnered couples in Wales and England today (Wednesday 10th December) is a key date – from today Civil Partnerships can be legally converted to marriage. BCN Editor Jen Yockney writes: For a decade Civil Partnerships have been the “separate but equal” excuse for the gender restrictions on marriage – that wasn’t equal in either name or detail. Now as […]

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