Equal Marriage

The Marriage (Same-Sex Couples) Act 2013 was passed on 17 July 2013, with same sex couples having marriages from 29 March 2014.

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Caroline Keeley
Partner and Head of Family Law

The Marriage (Same-Sex Couples) Act 2013 was passed on 17 July 2013, with same sex couples having marriages from 29 March 2014.

Should I enter into a civil partnership with my partner or get married?

This is largely a matter of personal preference. Civil Partnership is a distinct legal institution. It resembles the legal framework of marriage more closely than the civil partnership models in other EU member states whilst of course falling short of same sex marriage. It is not currently permissible for Civil Partnership ceremonies to include religious reading or music, or to take place in a church or religious venue. However, in Scotland (which is subject to different legislation) some individual churches hold blessing ceremonies for same sex couples. Under provisions of the Marriage (Same-Sex Couples) Act 2013, it is possible for existing civil partnerships to be converted into legal marriages.

Will my marriage be recognised abroad?


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