Around three in five people in Britain believe that civil partnerships should be open to all couples, a new study has revealed.
The research, published by Populus and equalcivilpartnerships.org, involved a survey of more than 2,000 people.
About 57 per cent believe that civil partnerships should be made available to both mixed-sex and same-sex couples.
Comparatively, just 20 per cent believe they should be scrapped altogether.
The research follows a Family Court judgment which ruled that only same-sex couples can seek a civil partnership.
Matt Hawkins, Campaign Manager for the Equal Civil Partnerships Campaign, said: “This survey adds to the mound of evidence demonstrating that giving every couple the option of getting a civil partnership would be the popular and fair thing to do.
“Over 76,000 people have already signed a petition calling on the government to extend civil partnerships, MPs from all parties support our cause, and countries such as France, Sweden, and New Zealand and regions of the British Isles like the Falkland Islands, Gibraltar, and Isle of Man have already shown that mixed-sex civil partnerships are easy to introduce and warmly welcomed.
“The spread of mixed-sex civil partnerships across the world has happened in recognition of the fact that nearly all couples want some kind of financial and legal security and that marriage is just not for everyone.
“It’s an acknowledgement of choice and diversity. Our message to political parties about to fight it out in this June’s general election is that they have everything to win and nothing to lose by pledging to make civil partnerships are real option for mixed-sex couples in Britain.”