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CIVIL partnerships could be extended to mixed-sex couples or phased out completely, depending on the outcome of a Scottish Government consultation.

The arrangements, which give couples the same legal, tax and pension rights as a marriage, have been available since 2005, but only to same sex couples.

But in June the Supreme Court ruled that restricting them to same-sex couples was a breach of the European Convention on Human Rights on equality grounds.

Couple Rebecca Stanfield and Charles Keidan, from London, successfully challenged the Civil Partnership Act of 2004 on the basis that it was discriminatory.

In response to the decision, the Scottish Government has launched a three-month consultation on their future.

Around 500 civil partnerships a year were initially registered in Scotland.

However they have slumped in popularity since same sex marriage was legalised in 2014.

In each of the past two years, only 70 civil partnerships were registered.

The government consultation offers two ways ahead – extending civil partnerships to opposite sex couples as well, or phasing them out completely.

As couples might have already made arrangements for civil partnerships and honeymoons, this would be done over around two years after legislation was passed.


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