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UK won't recognise opposite sex civil partnerships

Civil Partnerships for same sex couples only

A few weeks after the first opposite sex partnership in the British Isles was registered on the Isle of Man, it’s been confirmed they won't be legally recognised by the UK Government

Parliamentary under-Secretary of State for Education Lord Nash told the House of Lords they won't be treated as a civil partnership under UK law.

The 2004 Civil Partnership Act created civil partnerships for same sex couples only.

When London-based Claire Beale and Martin Loat became the first UK residents to enter into a heterosexual civil partnership last month, it was hoped it would trigger more visits to the Island by couples who want their relationships formally recognised, but don't want to marry.

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