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Changes to Civil Partnerships
The Civil Partnerships, Marriages and Deaths (Registration etc.) Act came into force on 26th May 2019. Section 2(1) of this Act authorises the Secretary of State to make regulations to amend the Civil Partnership Act 2004, with the consequence that, opposite-sex couples are eligible to form civil partnerships in England and Wales (provided that they would also be eligible to do so apart from the question of their sex). Section 2(2) requires that these regulations are to be in force no later than 31st December 2019.
The regulations are not in force but we must have the regulations by next year which would allow opposite-sex partnerships to form civil partnerships in England and Wales. The regulations on the conversion of the opposite-sex marriages are unlikely to come into force until some time in 2020 following the consultation period. Until that time, the position remains the same – that only same-sex couples are able to convert their civil partnerships to marriages.