Marriage and Civil Partnership

Same sex couples who register as civil partners have the same rights as married couples in respect of employment rights. The Equality Act 2010 protects employees who are in a civil partnership, or marriage against discrimination. Therefore recruitment and selection policies must not discriminate on the grounds of civil partnerships or marriage (Acas).

Marriage and civil partnerships are a protected characteristic in the Equality Act 2010. Marriage is defined as a 'union between a man and a woman'. Same-sex couples can have their relationships legally recognised as 'civil partnerships'. Civil partners must be treated the same as married couples on a wide range of legal matters.


Civil Partnerships and Marriage (Acas) 

Information on the rights of married couples and those in a civil partnership.


Stonewall provides a range of guidance on partnerships rights. This includes advice on: converting a civil partnership, the rights and responsibilities gained upon forming a civil partnership, housing rights for same-sex couples, civil partnership law and how to register a partnership. 

Situations where equality law is different – Marriage and Civil Partnership 

Information from the Equality and Human Rights Commission on when marriage and civil partnership is a situation where equality law applies differently.