Civil Partnerships and Heterosexual Couples

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Civil Partnerships, Marriages and Deaths (Registration etc) Act 2019, came into force – this is the legislation that the government had to introduce in response to a decision by the Supreme Court that the existing Civil Partnerships legislation was discriminatory and not human rights compliant. Section 2(1) of the new Act empowers the Secretary of State, by regulations, to amend the Civil Partnership Act 2004 so that two people who are not of the same sex are eligible to form a civil partnership in England and Wales (provided that they would be eligible otherwise). We aren’t quite at the stage when heterosexual couples can enter into civil partnerships, but we are one step closer – and s 2(2) of the act requires the Secretary of State to exercise that power so that such regulations are in force no later than 31 December 2019, which means that, at the latest, the first heterosexual civil partnerships will be celebrated in 2020.