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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