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Marriage/ Civil Partnership

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Defined

Marriage is a union between a man and a woman or between a same-sex couple. 

Same-sex couples can also have their relationships legally recognised as 'civil partnerships'. Civil partners must not be treated less favourably than married couples (except where permitted by the Equality Act).

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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