What are Civil Partnerships?

Civil Partnerships are the UK Government's approach to giving comparable rights to same sex couples as those enjoyed by married heterosexual couples.

Civil partners will have equal treatment in a wide range of legal matters with married couples, including:

How does civil partnership differ from marriage?

Civil Partnership is a completely new legal relationship, exclusively for same-sex couples, distinct from marriage.

There are a small number of differences between civil partnership and marriage, for example,