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Equality and human rights: key differences in Scotland and Northern Ireland

Updating author: Tina McKevitt, consultant editor (Scotland): Gillian MacLellan, consultant editor (Northern Ireland): Jonathan Simpson

Future developments

Scotland: The Civil Partnership (Scotland) Act 2020 received Royal Assent on 28 July 2020. The Act will, when its operative provisions take effect, allow mixed-sex couples to form a civil partnership, bringing Scotland in line with the UK. The Scottish Government has announced that mixed-sex civil partnerships could take place from 30 June 2021.