The future of civil partnership in Scotland

Closed 21 Dec 2018

Opened 28 Sep 2018


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.

What Happens Next

We will consider the views expressed in response to this consultation along with other available evidence to help inform the Scottish Government’s decision on the future of civil partnership in Scotland.


  • People of Scotland


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