The legislation (Civil Partnerships, Marriages and Deaths Act 2019) providing for the extension of civil partnerships to couples not of the same sex came into force in England and Wales on the 2nd December 2019 with the first mixed sex civil partnership taking place on New Year’s Eve. 

This means that couples in a civil partnership have the same legal protections that marriage provides should they split or if one of them dies.

On the 13th January 2020, in Northern Ireland a law was passed that legalised same-sex marriage and opposite-sex civil partnerships.

In Scotland, the Civil Partnership (Scotland) Bill is currently making its way through the Scottish Parliament to also make same-sex civil partnerships legal.

It appears at least some of the principles of liberty and egality are still alive and well in 2020