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George Foulkes (Labour) | Question S3W-39681
To ask the Scottish Executive, in light of the UK Government proposal to allow civil partnerships to take place in consenting religious places, whether the law would have to be amended in Scotland to allow this and, if so, what plans the Scottish Government has to make any such amendment.
Fergus Ewing (Scottish National Party)
The Civil Partnership Act 2004 would have to be amended to allow civil partnerships to be registered in religious premises in Scotland. This would require primary legislation. The issue of where people can enter into civil partnerships is devolved, and any amendment to the 2004 act in relation to this would therefore be within the legislative competence of the Scottish Parliament.