Marriage and Civil Partnership (Scotland) Bill

Marriage and Civil Partnership (Scotland) Act 2014

The Marriage and Civil Partnership (Scotland) Act 2014 received Royal Assent on 12 March 2014.  The first ceremonies took place on 31 December 2014.

More information about getting married or registering a civil partnership is available from the National Records of Scotland.

Implementation circulars

The Scottish Government has produced five circulars with information about implementation of the Act.  We will produce further circulars and publish further information on this page when it is available.

2015 circulars
2014 circulars


Changing a civil partnership to a marriage

The Scottish Government has issued a consultation on a draft order on changing civil partnerships registered outwith Scotland into marriage in Scotland.  The consultation follows an earlier discussion paper.

Religious and belief bodies - qualifying requirements

The Government intends to consult later this year on qualifying requirements which religious and belief bodies must meet before solemnising marriage and registering civil partnership.  In the meantime, the Government has produced an initial discussion paper.

Review of the Civil Partnership Act 2004

The Government intends to consult later this year on the future of civil partnerships in Scotland.  The Government has made it clear that existing civil partnerships can remain and there will be no obligation on existing civil partners to change their relationship into a marriage if they do not wish to do so.

Closed consultations

Information on closed consultations.

Prosecution guidance

The Lord Advocate has prepared prosecution guidance which you can view on the website of the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service.

Marriage and Civil Partnership (Scotland) Bill

Information about the Bill and the consultations that led up to it.