(1)The Scottish Ministers may by order modify the meaning of “qualifying civil partnership” given by section 5(6) of the 1977 Act (inserted by section 8(3)(b) of this Act) so as to include civil partnerships registered outside Scotland.
(2)An order under subsection (1)—
(a)may make different provision for different purposes,
(b)may include consequential, supplementary, incidental, transitional, transitory or saving provision,
(c)may modify any enactment (including this Act),
(d)is subject to the affirmative procedure.
(3)Before laying a draft of an order under subsection (1) before the Scottish Parliament, the Scottish Ministers must consult the following persons on a copy of the proposed draft order—
(a)the Registrar General of Births, Deaths and Marriages for Scotland, and
(b)such other persons as the Scottish Ministers consider appropriate.