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Three in five people think that civil partnerships should be available to all

Populus survey suggests popular support for extension of civil partnership

Almost three in five people in Britain believe that civil partnerships should be open to all couples, according to a survey by Populus.

Respondents were asked:

"At the moment same-sex couples can get married or enter into a civil partnership but mixed-sex couples can only get married. In February 2017 the Court of Appeal in England ruled that the current situation cannot continue as it means couples are being treated differently. The government will now have to decide on the future for civil partnerships. Some people believe the government should now make civil partnerships available to all; others think they should be removed completely so that marriage is the only option. Thinking about the future of civil partnerships, which of the following do you think should happen?"

57 per cent of respondents answered that all couples should be allowed the right to obtain a civil partnership; 20 per cent said that civil partnerships should be removed altogether and 24 per cent said that they did not know or did not mind what should happen.

The Civil Partnership Act 2004 (Amendment) Bill, which would extend the availability of civil partnership to opposite-sex couples, was due to have its second reading on 12 May 2017. However, Parliament is due to be dissolved on 3 May 2017.

On 30 March 2017 the Legislative Assembly of the Falkland Islands voted strongly in favour of allowing same sex marriage and civil partnerships for both same sex couples and heterosexual couples.

For the response to the survey of the Equal Civil Partnership campaign, click here. For the results of the poll, click here. For further details of the legislative changes in the Falklands Islands, click here.