Marriage and Civil Partnership Equality

Marriage is defined as a ‘union between a man and a woman’.  Same-sex couples can have their relationships legally recognised as ‘civil partnerships’.  Civil partners must be treated the same as married couples on a wide range of legal matters.  This section defines the protected characteristic of marriage and civil partnership.  People who are not married or civil partners do not have this characteristic.

The section also explains that people who have or share the common characteristics of being married or of being a civil partner can be described as being in a marriage or civil partnership.  A married man and a woman in a civil partnership both share the protected characteristic of marriage and civil partnership.

Examples:

•A person who is engaged to be married is not married and therefore does not have this protected characteristic.

•A divorcee or a person whose civil partnership has been dissolved is not married or in a civil partnership and therefore does not have this protected characteristic.

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Marriage and Civil Partnership useful links

Direct.gov.uk – legal rights and obligations

Get Hitched – Stonewall have produced a guide to Civil Partnership