Marriage and Civil Partnership
‘Marriage and civil partnership’ is considered to be a legally protected characteristic under the Equality Act 2010.
Marriage is defined in the Equality Act (2010) as a 'union between a man and a woman.' People in same sex marriages can have their relationship legally registered through a civil partnership. The Equality Act (2010) extends the same level of protection against discrimination enjoyed by married heterosexual couples to same sex couples.
Following on from the approval of the Marriage and Civil Partnership (Scotland) Act 2014 on 12 March 2014, it is anticipated the first same-sex marriages in Scotland will take place around the end of 2014. The existing maximum marriage notice period of 3 months will remain unchanged.