The Civil Partnership Bill was passed by the House of Lords tonight!!
It's wonderful news and we wanted you to be the first to know.
It could be another year before the first civil partnerships can take place while registration systems are set up across the country. We'll be in touch soon to let you know how it is going to work.
The Bill represents a historic step forward for lesbian and gay people in Britain.
A huge thank you for all your support and encouragement over the past few months - we couldn't have got here without you.