PM says legally recognised relationship will be extended beyond same-sex partnerships

Heterosexual couples in England and Wales are to have the right to enter civil partnerships, the government has announced.

In a statement made at the Conservative party conference in Birmingham, Theresa May said she would end discrimination against opposite-sex couples.

Civil partnerships were created in 2004 as a means of allowing same sex couples to enter into a union that guarantees them similar legal rights to those who are married.

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