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Marriage and Civil Partnership

Marriage and Civil Partnership is a protected characteristic referring to a heterosexual couple who are legally married and same-sex couples who have entered into a civil partnership or a civil marriage. People who are not married nor in a civil partnership are not included in this protected group.

Research resources

The Civil Partnership Act is an ECU guidance publication about the impact of the Civil Partnership Act 2004 on higher education institutions.

Equal Civil Marriage

Parliament passed the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act in 2013. The Act provides for same-sex marriage in England and Wales and its provisions.