Marriage and Civil Partnership is one of the protected characteristics under the Equality Act 2010. The Act protects employees who are married or in a civil partnership against discrimination.
Following the passing of Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act in 2013, in the UK marriage can either be between a man and a woman or between partners of the same sex.
Following a Supreme Court ruling in June 2018, Civil Partnerships can also be either be between a man and a woman or between partners of the same sex. Civil partners must be treated the same as married couples on a wide range of legal matters.