Today the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act 2013 has received royal assent and been passed into law. So now, if you are part of a same sex couple, you can either enter a civil partnership or a marriage - the law, and the intention behind them, are the same.
How things change! Ten years ago there was no way to legally register same sex relationships, now there are options! Heterosexual couples may only marry.
A quick scan through the Act reveals that there will be a review of civil partnership law to be commenced quick smart. If it's dispensed with, what would become of civil partnerships already created? If retained, should civil partnership be an option for heterosexual couples? What's the difference between them anyway? Nothing so it would seem. We can probably expect more Westminster wranglings!
I'd love to hear your views in the comments box.