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Opposite Sex Couples Can Now Enter Into A Civil Partnership Instead Of Marriage

More than 3.3 million couples in the UK are unmarried.

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Heterosexual couples in England and Wales will be allowed to choose between a civil partnership and marriage, Theresa May has announced.

Breaking the news, the Prime Minister said: “This change in the law helps protect the interests of opposite-sex couples who want to commit, want to formalise their relationship but don’t necessarily want to get married,

“As home secretary, I was proud to sponsor the legislation that created equal marriage.

“Now, by extending civil partnerships, we are making sure that all couples, be they same-sex or opposite-sex, are given the same choices in life.”

BBC reports that the government said there was “a number of legal issues to consider, across pension and family law”. However, Equalities Minister Penny Mordaunt promised that the change in the law would happen “as swiftly as possible”.

The government said that there are more than 3.3 million unmarried couples in the UK. These couples live together with shared financial responsibilities, and nearly half of them also have children. However, these people don’t have the same legal protections as those who have a civil partnership or marriage.

The BBC added that they are not entitled to the same tax reliefs and exemptions for spouses and civil partners, including the inheritance tax exemption and the marriage income tax allowance.

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