Corps Together – Marriage and Civil Partnership
Why is marriage and civil partnership a protected characteristic?
The main difference between the two legal relationships is that a marriage is formed by vows and can be performed in a religious ceremony before signing a marriage certificate, whereas a civil partnership is formed by signing a civil partnership certificate.
Both are available to same-sex couples and opposite-sex couples and both legal unions are treated as fundamentally the same. No one should be treated differently at work because you are married or in a civil partnership.