A couple from Havant in Hampshire have taken part in the first civil partnership involving a man and a woman in Britain.
In most of the country civil partnerships are only available to same sex couples. However, the Isle of Man which is a crown dependency and has powers to make its own domestic laws - changed its laws to become the first place in Britain to allow heterosexual civil partnerships
Claire Beale and Martin Loat have been together a very long time - but never wanted to marry. However they did want the legal recognition a civil partnership would give their relationship, so they travelled 360 miles to the Isle of Man. Andy Bonner was there.
The Brighton Unitarian Church has become the first religious venue in Brighton & Hove to be licensed to conduct Civil Partnership Ceremonies.