Same-sex marriage in the United Kingdom
Same-sex marriage in the United Kingdom will begin in mid 2014 resulting from the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) act of 2013. This act allows same-sex couples to marry in England and Wales. Scotland has civil partnerships instead. And Northern Ireland, however, does not allow same-sex marriage. Proposals to change that have failed. Civil partnerships began in the mid-2000s, permitting benefits similar to marriage for same-sex couples.