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Civil Partnership in Scotland

The future of civil partnership in Scotland

Following a decision in summer 2018 by the UK Supreme Court, the Scottish Government held a consultation on the future of civil partnership in Scotland.

The Supreme Court decided that the current law on civil partnership is incompatible with the European Convention on Human Rights to the extent that it does not allow a mixed sex couple to enter into a civil partnership.  The consultation set out two options for change that would remove this incompatibility from the current law, and sought views on the arguments for and against these options.

The Scottish Government has carefully considered the points made by consultees.  We have published:

We will introduce a Bill to the Scottish Parliament in autumn 2019 that will make civil partnership available to mixed sex couples.

Previous work in this area

The Scottish Government previously undertook a review of civil partnership.