The first mixed-sex civil partnerships have taken place following a change to UK law, with the couple who had led the legal battle calling it a "unique, special and personal moment". Thousands of couples are expected to tie the knot on New Year's Eve, a month after the legal change approved by Theresa May's government came into effect. It is the earliest date the ceremonies could be held due to the 28 days' notice required to register their intent for a civil partnership. It means that heterosexual couples will be able to enter into a mixed-sex union, but without becoming husband and wife. Civil partners have similar rights and entitlements as married couples, including marriage allowance tax relief, exemption from inheritance tax and joint parental responsibility for children.
Mixed-sex couples enter civil partnerships as law changes
Mixed-sex couples are getting civil partnerships for the first time today after a change in the law earlier this year. Vince Maple was one of the first to become a civil partner in Medway. Here's all you need to know about the process. A civil partnership is a legal agreement that holds all the same legal protections as marriage.
They were pictured outside the building looking loved up as their two children stood by their side. Ms Steinfeld today said that the union has allowed them to celebrate their love in a 'more modern way'. Rebecca Steinfeld and Charles Keidan have become one of the first same sex couples to register for a civil partnership. Sealed with a kiss: The couple stood on the steps outside and shared a kiss after the union.