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Civil Partnerships, Marriages and Deaths (Registration etc) Act 2019 receives Royal Assent

The Civil Partnerships, Marriages and Deaths (Registration etc) Act 2019 received Royal Assent on 26 March and will come into force on 26 May 2019.

Section 2(1) of the Act empowers the Secretary of State to amend, by regulations, the Civil Partnership Act 2004 so that two persons who are not of the same sex are eligible to form a civil partnership in England and Wales (provided that they would be eligible to do so apart from the question of sex). Sub-section (2) requires the Secretary of State to exercise that power so that such regulations are in force no later than 31 December 2019.

The government plans to consult in advance of making the regulations and expects thousands of responses to that process.

For the Act, click here.

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