Thank heavens for common sense in this application being refused.  It has completely misled people into thinking a "civil partnership" is a civil marriage and in some way has different expectations or entitlements than traditional marriage.  Poppycock!  Civil partnerships were introduced because of a perception our society would not tolerate same sex marriage.  It enabled same sex couples to enjoy all the rights and responsibilities of a marriage.   Time has moved on and we now have same sex marriage and in all probability civil partnership will phase itself out.  This couples time would have been far better spent demanding reform to existing marriage and cohabitation laws.