As Pam said, they’re about to “leave us in the cultural dust” yet again.  The United Kingdom has had civil partnerships for years, but things are about to change:

The British government is expected to announce full marriage equality for gays and lesbians under reforms to marriage laws expected to be announced later this week by the Liberal Democrat equality minister, Lynne Featherstone.

The announcement will also include the time table for civil partnerships to be held in religious buildings. The reported move will end the final major legal discrimination against gays and lesbians in Britain.

Good for them.