The Civil Partnership Act 2004 came into force on the 5 December 2005.
is intended to enable same sex couples to obtain legal representation
of their relationship by registration of a civil partnership. Civil
partners assume legal rights and responsibilities with regard to each
other and to third parties and acquire many of the legal rights and
benefits currently enjoyed by married couples.
The legal responsibilities and rights are largely similar to parties who are married.
Despite an initial flurry of interest the rate of registration of a civil partnership was declined by 55% in the last year.