The Civil Partnership (Scotland) Bill received Royal Assent on 28 July 2020. Since then the Scottish Government has been working on secondary legislation to bring the law into practical operation. This means that from 1 June 2021 it is possible to submit a notice of intention to enter into a mixed-sex civil partnership.
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The Equality Act 2010 (the 'Act') provides a legal framework that seeks to protect people from discrimination, including in the workplace. The Act seeks to protect individuals from discrimination based on a 'protected characteristic'. The protected characteristics are age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex, and sexual orientation.
From 26 March 2021, the law on organ and tissue donation is changing in Scotland to an "opt out" system.
The BBC recently aired an illuminating documentary on the reality of five women’s choice to carry a baby for someone else. Following both the surrogates’ and the intended parents’ journeys through the world of matching, pregnancy, and finally handing over the baby, the emotionally-charged and often heart-warming watch threw a light on the highs and lows of this method of creating or growing a family.
The proper and efficient harnessing of Scotland's natural capital will be absolutely crucial in respect of the Scottish Government's ambitious target of cutting greenhouse gas emissions to net zero, and reaching carbon neutrality by 2045. An example of the technology and innovation that will both be created by and drive this transition was in the news this week.