The introduction of the Marriage (Same-Sex-Couples) Act 2013 legalised same-sex marriage in England and Wales. Civil partnership ceremonies can still be performed for same-sex couples but carry different legal rights and obligations. More information can be found on the UK Government website.
If you wish to have a civil partnership ceremony, the process is similar to a civil marriage, but you will need to mention you want a civil partnership ceremony when you book Registrars and at your legal notice appointment.
Couples in a civil partnership can have it converted to a marriage (retrospectively) with or without a ceremony.
Government’s announcement of Opposite Sex Civil Partnerships
The Government announced on 2 October plans to introduce civil partnerships for opposite sex couples. Any opposite sex couples wishing to form a civil partnership are advised this is not yet possible and the changes will be made as soon as there is a suitable opportunity to change the law.
Any specific enquiries should be directed to the Government Equalities Office.