Decisions Announced on Civil Partnerships, Marriage

The UK government has announced its response and decisions, following the consultation on civil partnerships and same – sex marriage. The key points are:

Civil partnerships will remain an option for same – sex couples, as an alternative to marriage.

Couples in existing civil partnerships will have the opportunity to have these formally converted, on request, to marriage.  Such conversion will not be automatically applied to all couples.

(These two points are in accordance with the submissions of both Anglican and Catholic bishops, and of the our own CSCS submission to the consultation .They will be widely welcomed by same – sex couples who support the introduction of same – sex marriage as an option in law, but do not want their own relationships).

Conversion of civil partnerships to formal marriage can begin from December 10th.

Civil partnerships will not be extended to different – sex couples.

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