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Eligibility and registration in ScotlandS

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6Eligibility of persons of different sexes to enter into a civil partnershipS

(1)The Civil Partnership Act 2004 is amended as follows.

(2)In section 86 (eligibility), subsection (1)(a) is repealed.

7Persons who may register civil partnerships between persons of different sexesS

(1)The Civil Partnership Act 2004 is amended as follows.

(2)In section 94A (persons who may register civil partnerships)—

(a)in subsection (1)—

(i)after “A civil partnership” insert “ between persons of the same sex ”,

(ii)in paragraph (a)(i) after “civil partnerships” insert “ between persons of the same sex ”,

(iii)in paragraph (a)(ii) after “section 94B” insert “ to register civil partnerships between persons of the same sex ”,

(iv)in paragraph (a)(iii) after “section 94E” insert “ to register civil partnerships between persons of the same sex ”,

(b)after subsection (2) insert—

(2A)A civil partnership between persons of different sexes may be registered by and only by—

(a)a person who is—

(i)a celebrant of a religious or belief body prescribed by regulations made by the Scottish Ministers, or who, not being a celebrant, is recognised by a religious or belief body so prescribed as entitled to register civil partnerships between persons of different sexes on its behalf,

(ii)registered under section 94B to register civil partnerships between persons of different sexes, or

(iii)temporarily authorised under section 94E to register civil partnerships between persons of different sexes, or

(b)a person who is a district registrar or assistant registrar appointed under section 87.

(2B)The Scottish Ministers may prescribe a religious or belief body under subsection (2A)(a)(i) only if—

(a)the body requests them to do so, and

(b)the Scottish Ministers are satisfied that the body meets the qualifying requirements.,

(c)in subsection (3)—

(i)for “or (2)(a)” substitute “ , (2)(a), (2A)(a) or (2B)(a) ”,

(ii)in paragraph (a) after “subsection (2)(a)” insert “ or subsection (2B)(a) ”,

(iii)in paragraph (b) after “civil partnerships” insert “ between persons of the same sex or between persons of different sexes ”,

(iv)in paragraph (c) after “civil partnerships” insert “ between persons of the same sex or between persons of different sexes ”,

(v)in paragraph (d) after “civil partnerships” in the second place that it appears insert “ between persons of the same sex or between persons of different sexes ”,

(d)in subsection (4)(a) after “subsection (1)(a)” insert  “ or (2A)(a) ”,

(e)in subsection (5) for “subsection (2)(b)” substitute “ subsections (2)(b) and (2B)(b) ”,

(f)in section 126(4) (regulations) after “94A(1)(a)(i)” insert “ , (2A)(a)(i) ”.

Commencement Information

I1S. 7(1)(2)(b)(f) in force at 18.1.2021 for specified purposes by S.S.I. 2020/457, reg. 2(b)

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8Registration and removal of celebrantsS

(1)The Civil Partnership Act 2004 is amended as follows.

(2)In section 94B (registration of nominated persons as celebrants)—

(a)in subsection (1) after “civil partnerships” insert “ between persons of the same sex ”,

(b)after subsection (1) insert—

(1A)A religious or belief body, not being prescribed by virtue of section 94A(2A)(a)(i), may nominate to the Registrar General any of its members who it desires should be registered under this section as empowered to register civil partnerships between persons of different sexes.,

(c)in subsection (2)—

(i)after “(1)” insert “ or (1A) ”,

(ii)after “that body” insert “ in relation to registering civil partnerships between persons of the same sex or, as the case may be, civil partnerships between persons of different sexes ”,

(d)in subsection (6)—

(i)in paragraph (a) after “(1)” insert “ or (1A) ”,

(ii)in paragraph (b) after “(1)” insert “ or (1A) ”,

(e)after subsection (6) insert—

(6A)The register mentioned in subsection (6)(a)(ii) is to be in two parts—

(a)the first part containing the details mentioned in subsection (6)(a)(ii) in relation to persons nominated by religious or belief bodies to register civil partnerships between persons of the same sex, and

(b)the second part containing those details in relation to persons nominated by religious or belief bodies to register civil partnerships between persons of different sexes..

(3)In section 94C (removal of celebrant's name from register)—

(a)in subsection (1)(b) after “94B(1)” insert “ or (1A) ”,

(b)in subsection (5) after “94B(1)” insert “ or (1A) ”.

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9Temporary authorisation of celebrantsS

(1)The Civil Partnership Act 2004 is amended as follows.

(2)In section 94E (temporary authorisation of celebrants)—

(a)after subsection (2) insert—

(2A)An authorisation under subsection (1)(b) may be granted in relation to—

(a)civil partnerships between persons of the same sex only,

(b)civil partnerships between persons of different sexes only, or

(c)both.,

(b)in subsection (3) after “(1)(b)” insert “ in relation to civil partnerships between persons of the same sex ”,

(c)after subsection (3) insert—

(3A)The Registrar General may grant an authorisation to a person under subsection (1)(b) in relation to civil partnerships between persons of different sexes only if the religious or belief body of which the person is a member—

(a)is prescribed by virtue of section 94A(2A)(a)(i), or

(b)has nominated members (whether or not including that person) under section 94B(1A)..

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10Second registration of civil partnershipS

(1)The Civil Partnership Act 2004 is amended as follows.

(2)After section 97 insert—

97ASecond civil partnership registration

(1)Subsection (2) applies where—

(a)two people have registered a specified relationship (within the meaning of section 213) or a relationship which meets the general conditions (within the meaning of section 214), whether before or after section 10 of the Civil Partnership (Scotland) Act 2020 comes into force, and

(b)that relationship would result in them being treated as having formed a civil partnership under the law of Scotland (by virtue of section 1(1)(b) and Chapter 2 of Part 5) but for the fact that they cannot prove that the relationship has been registered as mentioned in section 212(1)(b).

(2)An authorised registrar may, on an application made by the parties to the relationship, subject to the approval of the Registrar General and to subsection (3), register their civil partnership as if they had not already registered that relationship with each other.

(3)Sections 85 to 100 apply for the purpose of registering a civil partnership under this section as they apply to registering a civil partnership under section 1, subject to the modifications set out in subsections (4) to (11).

(4)Section 85 (formation of civil partnership by registration) applies as if the words “the approved celebrant or, as the case may be,”, in both places where they occur, were omitted.

(5)Section 86 (eligibility) does not apply in respect of the parties already being in civil partnership with each other.

(6)Section 88 (notice of proposed civil partnership) applies as if after subsection (1) there were inserted—

(1A)Both parties must submit to the authorised registrar a statutory declaration—

(a)stating that they have previously registered their relationship, and

(b)specifying the date, place and country or territory at which, and the circumstances in which, they did so..

(7)Section 93A does not apply.

(8)Section 94 (the civil partnership schedule) applies as if after subsection (1) there were inserted—

(1A)In the case of a civil partnership to be registered under section 97A, the civil partnership schedule is to contain such modifications as the Registrar General may direct to indicate that the parties have previously entered into a civil partnership with each other..

(9)Section 94A (persons who may register civil partnerships) applies as if subsections (1)(a), (2), (2A)(a), (2B), (3), (4)(a) and (b) and (5) were omitted.

(10)Sections 94B to 94E do not apply.

(11)Section 95 (further provision as to registration) applies as if after subsection (2) there were inserted—

(2A)As soon as practicable after the civil partnership schedule has been signed in accordance with section 85, the authorised registrar must make an endorsement on it in the following terms—

This civil partnership registration was carried out under section 97A of the Civil Partnership Act 2004, following a statutory declaration by the parties that they registered a relationship with each other on [date] at [place] in [country or territory]....

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