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At-a-glance: Civil partnerships
Here are the key points of the Civil Partnerships Bill, which allows same-sex couples to get legal recognition for their relationships.

Tying the knot

  • Couples would enter civil partnerships in local registration services

  • Each partner would have to sign the register in the presence of the registration officer and two witnesses

  • There would also be a formal, court-based process for dissolving the partnership

Main partnership rights

  • Social security and pension benefits, including right to benefit from a dead partner's pension

  • Full recognition for life assurance schemes

  • Ability to succeed to tenancy rights

  • Next-of-kin visiting rights in hospitals

Responsibilities

  • Providing reasonable maintenance for civil partners and children of the family

  • Ability to gain parental responsibility for a partner's children




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