jjrscott

Marriage

Here in the UK we have so many ways of pairing up that it can get a bit confusing. So to help me work out which one's which I've put this little table together:

UnmarriedChurch marriageCivil marriageCivil partnership
Allowed to use the title marriagenoyesyesno
Allowed to use religious wording during ceremonynoyesnono
Valid within religionnoyesnono
Full partnership rights under lawnoyesyesyes
Next of kinnoyesyesyes
Right to be at partner's hospital bedsidenoyesyesyes
Annulled if children not producednononono
Allowed joint adoptionnoyesyesyes
Allowable combinationsfemale+female
female+male
male+male
female+malefemale+malefemale+female
male+male
I hope that clears things up.