Meanwhile, the number of civil partnerships
has decreased significantly since same-sex marriage was introduced in December 2014.
Under the proposed civil partnership
measure, all benefits and protections granted to spouses in marriage under existing laws, administrative orders, court rulings, or those derived as a matter of public policy would also be enjoyed by civil partnership
The ruling declared that the UK Civil Partnership
Act 2004 was not compatible with the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) on equality grounds, as it prevents mixed sex couples from entering into civil partnerships
Legislation will be introduced at Holyrood following the summer recess to ensure same-sex couples and mixed-sex couples have the same choices on whether to marry or have a civil partnership
Legislation will be introduced at the Scottish Parliament after the summer break to ensure same sex couples and mixed sex couples have the same choices on whether to marry or have a civil partnership
This after Congress holds an online poll on legalization of same-sex unions as civil partnership
With civil partnership
open to all it could again serve its unspoken purpose of maintaining the dignity of marriage.
in England and Wales rose for the second year in a row since same-sex marriages were introduced, new figures show.
The couple, who have two young daughters and live in Hammersmith, west London, are currently prevented from having a legal union through the route of civil partnership
because the Civil Partnership
Act 2004 says only same-sex couples are eligible.
Rebecca Steinfeld and Charles Keidan outside the Supreme Court in London, where they have won their fight for the right to enter into a civil partnership
The unanimous ruling by Britain's top judges followed an appeal brought by a British couple who said that the law discriminated against heterosexuals like them who wanted a civil partnership
rather than to be married.
Rebecca Steinfeld, 37, and Charles Keidan, 41 want the right to enter into a civil partnership
but are prevented from doing so because the Civil Partnership
Act 2004 says that type of legal union is only available to same sex couples.