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An equal footing

Heterosexual couples want the same right as gay couples to form a civil partnership because many simply don't believe in marriage

20 November 2015

A new private members bill introduced in Parliament on 21 October 2015 is seeking to amend the Civil Partnership Act 2004 (CPA).The aim is to allow heterosexual couples to form a civil partnership (CP). It is expected to have its second reading debate in the House of Commons on
29 January 2016.

There was debate at the time of the CPA as to whether or not heterosexual couples should also be able to enter into a CP. It was decided that they should not be able to do so because they could marry.

Why has the bill been put forward?

The rationale behind the new bill is threefold.

  • To correct the unintended inequality resulting from the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act 2013, whereby same-sex couples can form civil partnerships or get married, whereas opposite sex couples can only marry.

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