Civil Partnership (Scotland) Bill


About the Bill

The Civil Partnership (Scotland) Bill was introduced in the Scottish Parliament on 30 September 2019.

The purpose of this Bill is to allow different sex couples to enter a civil partnership. The Bill would remove the same sex requirement in the Civil Partnership Act 2004 to achieve this. It also makes changes to other legislation to carry through the effect of the main change.

Currently only same-sex couples can enter civil partnerships. This Bill follows a UK Supreme Court ruling which found the difference in treatment between same sex and different sex couples breaches human rights law.

Read the Bill and accompanying documents

Current Status of the Bill
The Bill was introduced in the Scottish Parliament on 30 September and was designated to the Equalities and Human Rights Committee as lead committee on 8 October.


The Committee launched a call for views on 8 November 2019. The closing date for submissions is Friday 31 January 2020.

Read the call for views.


For further information on the work of the Committee you can contact the Clerks on 0131 348 6040 or by e-mail at: [email protected].



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