Civil Partnership Act 2004 comes into force
Implementation date: 5 December 2005
The Act allows same-sex couples to make a
formal legal commitment to each other by entering into a civil partnership
through a statutory civil registration procedure. This means that gay and
lesbian couples who register their relationship will have similar rights and
responsibilities to married couples including, for example, the right to survivors'
pension benefits. The Act and explanatory
notes can be viewed on the OPSI website.
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