Civil partnerships continue where only both parties change their gender simultaneously and wish to remain in their civil partnership. In just a few decades we've moved from a situation where almost everyone in the West got married and stayed married to one where most people of marriageable age are not married: they live singly or in a series of more temporary relationships.
There is formal approval of medical gender reassignment available either on the National Health Service NHS or privately.
Absolutely, without a shadow of a doubt. The slate is wiped clean; who gets to write the next chapter is at this stage unclear. UK selected England N. Elsewhere on the BBC. Daily news briefing direct to your inbox Sign up for our newsletter. Civil partnerships are by de facto marriage, thus in the current context, preserving the "distinctiveness" of marriage can only be understood as discrimination.
Equality and Human Rights Commission. The bill had its second reading unopposed in the Lords on 4 June, after a " wrecking amendment " proposed by Lord Dear was defeated by a vote of —, thus allowing the bill to proceed to the committee stage.
Labouchere Amendment introduced.
Legal since   . Retrieved 31 March Since 31 August , legislation granting lesbians equal birth rights in England and Wales came into effect, meaning both can now be named on a child's birth certificate, amending the Registration of Births and Deaths Regulations