Equality Act 2010
The Equality Act 2010 replaced various previous Acts of Parliament (including the Equality Act 2006) and outlaws discrimination on any of the following "protected characteristics":
- gender reassignment
- marriage and civil partnership
- pregnancy and maternity
- religion or belief
- sexual orientation.
Amongst other things, the Act removes the statutory ban on conducting civil partnerships on religious premises (Section 202). This provision came into force in England and Wales on 5 December 2011, following a Government consultation. Implementing this provision in Scotland and Northern Ireland is a matter for the devolved authorities.