Benefits & Requirements
Coverage: Eligible groups or beneficiaries
Same-sex couples and registered civil partners.
Minimum age of marriage required established by this document
16 for both sexes.
Does this document allow for registered partnership?
Do partners have the same rights as those who are married?
Civil partners have similar, but not equal rights to married couples (see Civil Partnership Act 2004). Nevertheless, this Act gives civil partners the right to convert their civil partnership into a marriage.
Minimum age required for registered partnerships established by this document:
Does this document recognize cohabitation as a legal union?
Does this document recognize same-sex unions?
This Act makes the marriage of same-sex couples lawful.
Read the Law
Full Text Source in English
2013, chapter 30
Original full text source in native language
2013, chapter 30
Full text web source in English
Original full text web source in native language
Secondary Literature & Sources
- Department for Culture, Media and Sport. “Same sex marriage becomes law”. UK Government, London (2013). Available at: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/same-sex-marriage-becomes-law
- Fairbairn et al. “Marriage of Same Sex Couples Across the UK: What’s the same and what’s different?” House of Commons Research Paper 14/29, House of Commons LIbrary (2014). Available at: http://www.parliament.uk/business/publications/research/briefing-papers/RP14-29/marriage-of-same-sex-couples-across-the-uk-whats-the-same-and-whats-the-difference
- Department for Culture, Media and Sport. “Civil Partnership Review (England and Wales): a consultation”. UK Government, London (2014). Available at: https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/274449/140122_CP_con_doc_pdf__docx.pdf