Civil partnership should be open to couples regardless of gender

The Equality Network believes that both marriage and civil partnership should be open to all couples regardless of gender identity or sexual orientation. The same choices should be available to all. Opening up civil partnership as well as marriage has always been part of the equal marriage campaign in Scotland.

We welcome the fact that on May 28th 2013, Alex Neil, the Scottish Government Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing, told the Scottish Parliament that he hoped to make an announcement soon about a review of the future of civil partnership in Scotland. Such a review has already been announced for England and Wales.

The Equality Network wants to see the introduction of mixed-sex civil partnership for the following reasons:



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