The UK Supreme Court has made a declaration that the Civil Partnership Act 2004 is incompatible with the European Convention on Human Rights to the extent that it does not permit an opposite sex couple to enter into a civil partnership. The Scottish Ministers must not act in a way that contravenes Convention Rights, and civil status is a devolved matter. The Scottish Government are consulting in order to obtain views on two options for changing the law of civil partnership. Either option would be effective in removing the current discrimination from the law.
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