This New Year’s Eve opposite-sex couples across the country will be, for the first time, formalising their relationship with a Civil Partnership.
After years of campaigning since the legislation of same-sex couples Civil Partnerships were passed in 2004, this right has been extended to opposite-sex couples who feel that conventional marriage might not be for them.
From rejecting patriarchy to not wanting a wedding ceremony, Civil Partnerships offer the same rights, pension, inheritance tax and joint parental responsibility as married couples.
The Government Equalities Office (GEO) passed regulations for opposite-sex civil partnerships earlier this month. Now, after a 28 day waiting period, thousands of opposite-sex couples will be able to start the new decade celebrating their union in a way that works for them.
Julie Thorpe and Keith Lomax expressed their joy of getting a Civil Partnership more than thirty years on the anniversary of when they first met, saying they had been "hoping to get a civil partnership for a long time".
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