Open consultation

Civil Partnerships: Next Steps and Consultation on Conversion

Summary

This sets out plans to introduce opposite-sex civil partnerships and asks about conversion between marriage and civil partnership and vice versa.

This consultation closes at

Consultation description

The government is committed to changing the law by 31 December 2019 to allow opposite-sex couples to form civil partnerships. This next steps policy paper outlines the government’s plans for extending eligibility and the range of rights and entitlements that should be made available to opposite-sex civil partners.

We are also seeking your views on the future of conversion rights. At present, same-sex couples can convert their civil partnership to a marriage, enabling them to transition to a form of relationship that was not previously available to them. We are seeking views on whether opposite-sex married couples should similarly have an opportunity to convert their relationships to a civil partnership. The consultation also asks whether all conversion rights should then be brought to an end.

The next steps policy paper and consultation are both contained in the document below.

Alternative Formats

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Documents

Civil Partnerships - Next Steps and Consultation on Conversion

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Civil Partnerships - Impact Assessment

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Annex 1 Exploring the Potential Uptake of Opposite Sex Civil Partnership

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PSED Opposite-Sex civil partnerships

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Ways to respond

Published 10 July 2019