When a same-sex couple register a civil partnership, they become entitled to many of the same rights as married couples. The Equality Act of 2010 protects employees in a civil partnership against both direct and indirect discrimination.

Some of the areas where same-sex couples have the same rights as married couples include employment and vocational training. Furthermore, any benefits given to married couples and their spouses must be extended to employees in a civil partnership and to their partners. The status of the civil partner is comparable to that of a spouse and employers should ensure their policies and procedures reflect this.