Today is the first day that the Civil Partnership Law becomes effective in Scotland and according to this BBC report there are five(*) couples here who plan to 'do the deed' today. A very interesting case, not in Scotland but in London, is that of a couple who have been waiting for 39 years (39 years!) for the law to allow them to be legally recognised.
No doubt in a few years time civil partnerships will have become so routine that most will go unremarked except by those close to the couples, but for the moment there is a feeling of euphoria in the air which has infected this writer! Congratulations to all the happy couples!
UPDATE: (Tuesday 20DEC05 23.57 GMT) - (*) Since I wrote this the linked article has been amended to say that 7 gay/lesbian couples would be signing the civil partnership register today in Scotland. It also show a photograph of the first such Scottish ceremony in Edinburgh. One of the others ceremoniestook place in Aberdeen, at which one of the guests was the Deputy First Minister of Scotland, apparently a friend of the couple.