Civil Partnerships, Marriages and Deaths (Registration Etc.) Bill receives second reading

The possibility of heterosexual couples being able to enter into civil partnerships has taken another step towards becoming a reality.

At the moment heterosexual couples are only able to marry within England and Wales. Civil partnerships were brought in to give homosexual couples the same rights and responsibilities as marriage, but since same sex marriage became lawful within the UK, fewer civil partnership ceremonies are carried out.

On 2 February 2018 the Civil Partnerships, Marriages and Deaths (Registration etc.) Bill received an unopposed second reading. The bill, sponsored by Tim Loughton, the former children minister, makes provision for opposite sex couples to enter a civil partnership. The bill is also looking to permit the registration of the names of the mother of each party to a marriage or civil partnership. Currently only the father’s details of each party are recorded on the marriage or civil partnership certificate and in the 21st century world where equality is being championed more and more, some ask why the rules have not yet been changed.

A copy of the bill and its latest progress can be found on

Amanda Erskine is a solicitor in the Family department at Barker Gotelee Solicitors.

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