Success for the Equal Civil Partnership Campaign
The law on marriage was once traditionally for heterosexual couples. However, both the Civil Partnership Act 2004 and the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act 2013 have changed the way in which homosexual couples can legalise their relationships. Since 2004, homosexual couples have been able to enter into a civil partnership, giving them access to legal protection that used to only be available in marriage, such as rights to inheritance. Likewise, since 2013 homosexual couples have also been able to marry. Homosexual couples therefore have a choice as to whether to marry or enter into a civil partnership. This choice is not available to heterosexual couples, who can only legalise their relationship through marriage.
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