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The seven ways civil partnership isn’t the same as marriage

GSN compares civil partnership and marriage as the UK government publishes its gay marriage bill for England and Wales.\n

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28th January 2013 02:36

Alessia Valenza

Though same-sex couples in the UK have had civil partnerships since 2004, marriage is currently restricted to opposite-sex partners.

Opponents of the bill have said civil partnerships are the same or similar to marriages and extending marriage to same-sex couples is unnecessary. They argue partnerships have a ‘separate but equal’ status, giving same-sex couples the same rights as straight couples.

However there are key differences between the two kinds of union.

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