Civil partnerships can now be converted into marriage

As of last week, couples in England and Wales have the choice to convert their civil partnership into marriage, concluding a historic process of changing the law to give same sex couples the right to get married.

The Liberal Democrats were the first party to support same sex marriage and have delivered our promise to couples to allow conversions into marriage to take place. There is now no reason in the law why two people of the same sex cannot be married.

Liberal Democrat Minister for Equalities Jo Swinson said:

It has been wonderful this year to see same sex couples finally able to celebrate their relationship in the way other couples have done for centuries.

This has meant a huge amount of personal joy for gay men and women and their families, and has made our society stronger and fairer.

(Now) we take the final step in implementing this historic legislation, by allowing couples to convert their civil partnership into marriage, if they want to.

Congratulations in advance to all the couples already in civil partnerships who are planning to convert them into marriages in the coming months.

The new legislation is designed to give couples in England and Wales the freedom to choose how they would carry out the conversion of their civil partnership into marriage.

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  • Good news each small step is another barrier removed…

  • “It has been wonderful this year to see same sex couples finally able to celebrate their relationship in the way other couples have done for centuries”

    Yes, by taking possession of one another. The final step for a liberal should be when all marriages are converted into civil partnerships.

  • Julian Tisi 18th Dec '14 - 2:14pm

    Genuine question – does this mean that couples who have a civil partnership can choose to convert them without going through another ceremony (a free upgrade, as it were) or do they have to go through another ceremony?

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