24th May, 2008

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 marriage
Allowed to use religious wording during ceremony
Valid within religion
Full partnership rights under law
Next of kin
Right to be at partner's hospital bedside
Annulled if not children produced
Allowed joint adoption
Allowable combinations

I hope that clears things up.