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Lesbian, gay and bisexual people live in stable, loving family relationships, just like everyone else.

Research conducted by Beyond Barriers (UK) in 2002 found that 60% of lesbian, gay and bisexual people would welcome the opportunity to register their partnership officially, accepting the rights and the responsibilities that come with that recogntion.

However, at present same sex couples can be in relationships for their whole lives, but still have no pension rights, often have their homes threatened or lost to inheritance tax and have no status as next of kin in the event of the death of one partner.

Since devolution there have been a number of positive changes in legislation that recognise the position of same sex partners. Details of this legislation is listed below:

  • Adults with Incapacity (Scotland) Act 2000
    -recognition of same sex partners as "nearest relative"

  • Housing (Scotland) Act 2001
    - allows same sex partner to succeed secure tenancy

  • Mortgage Rights (Scotland) 2001
    - recognises same sex partner for property owning purposes

  • Protection from Abuse (Scotland) Act 2001
    - improvement in domestic abuse protection recognises same sex partners

  • Civil Legal Aid (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2003, regulation 4
    - recognises same sex partners for the purposes of calculating financial eligibility for civil legal aid

  • Agricultural Holdings (Scotland) Act 2003
    - same sex partners recognised as family members for propoerty owning purposes

  • Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2003
    - same sex partners recognised as family members for propoerty owning purposes

  • Mental Health (Care and Treatment) (Scotland) Act 2003
    -recognition of same sex partners as "nearest relative"

    Civil Partnerships Bill

    The Civil Partnership Bill was introduced into the House of Lords on 30 March 2016 and was published on 31 March 2016.

    Click here to read the text of the Civil Partnerships Bill

    For more information about the Government's consultation on this issue and the subsequent proposed legislation, you can visit the Women and Equality Unit "Civil Partnership" web page.

    Click here to visit the Women and Equality Unit website

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