The Equal Civil Partnerships campaign is calling on the government to extend the right to civil partnerships to all couples.
Since the introduction of the Civil Partnership Act (2004) same sex couples have been able to enter into civil partnerships. The Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act 2013 legalised same sex marriages in England and Wales from March 2014. (Scotland, operating under devolved law also allows both same sex marriage and civil partnerships.) Since that date, same sex couples, quite rightly, have the option to choose the best legal framework for their own relationship.
Mixed sex couple, however, have only the choice of marriage when many couples would prefer to formalise their relationship – and enjoy the security and benefits of a legal partnership – through the formation of a civil partnership.
The Equal Civil Partnerships Campaign Group is focussed upon changing the law so that all couples have the same access to choose the type of framework they want for their relationship, a framework which will protect all couples, legally and financially in the eyes of the law.
The campaign is pursuing a dual strategy through both the British legal system with a recent Supreme Court victory declaring the discrepancy discriminatory and through parliament via a Private Members Bill.