In the UK, civil partnerships and marriages are both options open to same-sex and opposite-sex couples alike.
Where there seems to be a disparity between the two however is that same-sex couples have the option to 'convert' their civil partnership into a marriage whilst it is explicitly stated that opposite-sex couples cannot do this.
I suppose I can see the logic- for those in same-sex couples who formed their legal relationship before they were able to get married, they might have wished to make this correction when same-sex marriage was formalised and there's no point in taking it off the books now it is there.
But why opposite-sex couples are not permitted to do this too is an unusual oversight.
So, the question; an opposite-sex couple in a civil partnership decide they now want to be married. What can they do?
A conversion is explicitly not allowed.
Can they get married whilst still in the civil partnership?
Do they first need to dissolve their relationship and then get married again?