First registrations of opposite-sex civil partnerships set for New Year’s Eve

Civil Partnership (Opposite-sex Couples) Regulations 2019 approved by Lords

Opposite-sex couples will be able to register civil partnerships in England and Wales from 31 December 2019 after secondary legislation was approved in the House of Lords on 5 November 2019. 

Baroness Williams added that it was intended to commence the regulations on 2 December, which would allow the first opposite-sex civil partnership to take place on 31 December, given the usual 28-day notice period.

Martin Loat, Chair of the Equal Civil Partnerships campaign, commented:

"It has been a long journey through both the courts and parliament to get to this point. I'd like to pay tribute to everyone who has been involved in the campaign – especially Rebecca Steinfeld and Charles Keidan whose eventual win at the Supreme Court led us to this place, Tim Loughton MP who tenaciously took this on as a Private Members Bill, Baroness Fiona Hodgson who led the Bill through the Lords and of course all the supporters whose own testimonies have played a real role in the campaign. We are all delighted and relieved that the start date of 31st December can be adhered to."