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Civil Partnerships for all Couples


Equality of choice as landmark legislation takes effect.

Couples across Scotland will be able to enter mixed-sex civil partnerships from June 30, and can submit a notice of intention now.

The introduction of mixed sex civil partnerships means that both mixed sex and same sex couples can now choose to marry or enter a civil partnership.

Minister for Equalities Christina McKelvie said:

“I welcome the introduction of civil partnerships for all couples.

“We have now embedded equality of choice on how to formalise their relationship in the way that best reflects their beliefs and ensures access to the rights, responsibilities and benefits which flow from entering a legally recognised relationship. 

“This ground-breaking change in law demonstrates our commitment to creating a fairer and more inclusive society for all.

“I wish good luck to all couples who are entering Scotland’s first mixed-sex civil partnerships.”

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