Humanists welcome change to Civil Partnership laws

Humanist Society Scotland has welcomed the Scottish Government announcement that Civil Partnerships will be made available to all couples in response to a legal ruling by the Supreme Court earlier this year.

Humanist Society Scotland has been calling for such a change for the past five years after the Government initially consulted on the move in 2015 but failed to make adjustments. At the time Humanist Society Scotland said allowing mixed-sex couples the option of a civil partnership:

‘would be an opportunity missed to strengthen the Scottish Government’s commitment to equality by giving greater freedom to couples, regardless of sex or gender, to celebrate their relationship in a personalised way of their choice.’

Fraser Sutherland

Commenting on the Government’s decision Humanist Society Scotland Chief Executive Fraser Sutherland said:

‘We are delighted after campaigning for such a change for the past five years that the Scottish Government has agreed to extend Civil Partnerships to mixed-sex couples. It is disappointing that it took a couple to lodge a legal challenge at the Supreme Court to force the issue. Now we will be able to offer all couples the choice of a legal marriage or civil partnership, and we look forward to carrying out the first of these mixed-sex civil partnerships in the months to come.’

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