The future of civil partnership in Scotland

Closes 21 Dec 2018

Opened 28 Sep 2018

Overview

The consultation sets out two options for the future of civil partnership in Scotland. The first involves closure of civil partnership to new relationships from a specific date in the future. The second involves making civil partnership available to opposite sex couples.

Why We Are Consulting

The UK Supreme Court has made a declaration that the Civil Partnership Act 2004 is incompatible with the European Convention on Human Rights to the extent that it does not permit an opposite sex couple to enter into a civil partnership. The Scottish Ministers must not act in a way that contravenes Convention Rights, and civil status is a devolved matter. We are consulting in order to obtain views on two options for changing the law of civil partnership. Either option would be effective in removing the current discrimination from the law.

Download the consultation paper.

Give us your views

Audiences

  • People of Scotland

Interests

  • Communities and Third Sector
  • Equality, Welfare and Rights
  • Law and Order