Legislation to allow mixed sex couples to enter civil partnerships passes first stage

Shirley-Anne Somerville

New legislation that will allow mixed sex couples to enter a civil partnership for the first time in Scotland has passed its first stage at Holyrood.

MSPs have voted to support the general principles of the Civil Partnership (Scotland) Bill, which will extend to mixed sex couples the rights given to same sex couples in 2004.

Social Security and Older People Secretary Shirley-Anne Somerville said: “I welcome Parliament’s endorsement of the general principles of the Bill, which will give all couples the same choices when they decide they want to make a lasting commitment to each other through a legally recognised relationship.

“Just like same sex couples, mixed sex couples will be able to choose to enter into a civil partnership or a marriage if they feel this is right for them.

“Fundamentally this bill is about equality, fairness and choice and is part of the Scottish government’s commitment to create a fairer Scotland that promotes equality and human rights for all.”

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