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Marriage/ Partnership

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Marriage covers any formal union of a man and woman or in some jurisdictions two people of the same sex that is legally recognised in the UK as a marriage.

Legislation to allow same sex marriage in England, Wales and Scotland was passed in 2014.

Northern Ireland has not introduced legislation allowing for same sex marriage but still provides for civil partnership.

A civil partnership refers to a registered civil partnership under the Civil Partnership Act 2004, including those registered outside the UK.

Equality Law

Find out more about marriage and civil partnership-related equality law in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. Learn more

Policy & Guidance

We have provided an overview of our marriage and civil partnership-related policy and guidance. Learn more

OU Resources

You may be interested in some of the resources we provide for our staff and students. Learn more

External Resources

You may be interested in these useful web links to organisations with marriage and civil partnership-related information. Learn more

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