Publication - Consultation paper

Future of civil partnership: consultation

Published: 28 Sep 2018

This consultation seeks views on the options for the future of civil partnership in Scotland.

Future of civil partnership: consultation


"the 1977 Act" is the Marriage (Scotland) Act 1977

"the 2004 Act" is the Civil Partnership Act 2004

"the 2014 Act" is the Marriage and Civil Partnership (Scotland) Act 2014

"the ECHR" is the European Convention on Human Rights

" NRS" means National Records of Scotland.

"opposite sex couple" means a man and a woman, and has been used throughout this consultation. The term "mixed sex" can also be used.

"the cut-off date" is the term used in this consultation for the date from which it would no longer be possible to register a civil partnership in Scotland, if that option should be chosen after the consultation.

"the Supreme Court case" is a reference to R (on the application of Steinfeld and Keidan) (Appellants) v Secretary of State for International Development (in substitution for the Home Secretary and the Education Secretary) (Respondent) [1] .

In this consultation, we have used the term "civil partnership" throughout, although other countries may use different terms for registered relationships other than marriage. English language versions of terms used in other countries include "civil unions" and "registered partnerships".