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Now let’s ensure a lasting legacy for mixed-sex civil partnerships
It is hard to believe that it is now over six months since mixed-sex civil partnerships became available in England and Wales, with Northern Ireland following suit shortly after.
It was a truly incredible achievement and a landmark moment in social and legal history. To see couples across the UK finally have the right kind of union for them was rewarding and very moving. We couldn’t have done this without you – our amazing supporters.
Unfortunately, many couples had to cancel their plans when the pandemic hit. My partner Ben and I had our registration and party with friends and family booked for March, but then lockdown hit with less than two weeks to go.
While it has been frustrating to have the fantastic momentum behind mixed-sex civil partnerships put on pause, it was of course the only safe and sensible option.
Now the UK is opening up once again, with small weddings and civil partnerships available from 4th July. We can’t wait to see your photos – please share them with us using #ADateToCelebrate!
So, where do we go from here?
For those still not comfortable rebooking their celebrations, we will continue to push for digital registrations. Now more than ever it is important to have the security that civil partnerships provide.
Our vision for this new phase will be to establish mixed-sex CPs as a lasting and mainstream legal union. We want to ensure that they are embedded into society, viewed as an equally valid and more modern alternative to marriage.
A big part of this is making sure they are offered fully and fairly by register offices and other authorities, that relevant government guidance is up to date, and that we support you, our fantastic community, with your questions and issues.
Now that the Scottish Parliament has passed the Civil Partnerships bill, we eagerly await mixed-sex CPs becoming available in Scotland. We will be on hand to offer advice and do what we can to make the process run smoothly.
Marriage never felt like a good fit for my relationship, so I am delighted to have another route to legal and financial security with my partner thanks to this campaign. Having been an avid supporter for a few years, I am thrilled to take up the position of voluntary Campaign Lead for this exciting new chapter.
But we can’t keep going without you.
To achieve all of this over the next six months with one volunteer and one paid part-time staff, we need to raise £10,000.
If you have benefited from our work (or plan to) and want others to as well, please donate as much as you can.
To keep our movement going strong, you can also rate your register office, sign our petition, volunteer to be a witness, and keep sharing your experiences with us.
Thank you so much.
Amy Grant, Campaign Lead