The Marriage and Civil Partnership (Scotland) Act 2014

The Marriage and Civil Partnership (Scotland) Act 2014 received Royal Assent on 12th March 2014. From 16th December 2014, a same sex couple can give notice of intention to marry with the minimum notice period of 15 clear days. The first same sex marriage ceremonies took place on 31st December 2014.

Also, from 16th December, civil partners who registered their partnership in Scotland can change their relationship into a marriage. The Scottish Government intends to issue a short discussion paper soon on changing civil partnerships to marriage for civil partnerships that were registered outside Scotland. Civil partnership will continue to be available to same-sex couples although the Scottish Government intends to
consult soon on the future of civil partnerships in Scotland.

The Government has made it clear that existing civil partnerships can remain and there will be no obligation on existing civil partners to change their relationship into a marriage if they do not wish to do so.

Changes will be made to pension scheme regulations to reflect same sex marriages from 16th December 2014. From that date entitlement to benefits for surviving same sex spouses of scheme members will be based on those provided to civil partners.

Link to Scottish Government Website