The Civil Partnership Act came into force on 5th December 2005. A “Civil Partnership” is defined as a relationship between two people of the same sex, which has been formed by registration in England and Wales or, alternatively, a relationship which has been formed overseas but that is recognised in England and Wales.
The registration of a Civil Partnership must not be in religious premises which are defined as a place used solely or mainly for religious purposes and each of the parties must give notice of the proposed partnership to an authority for registration. Once notice has been given, the parties must wait a further fifteen days.
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