I think it's fine, unless the couple have strong views about the fact that it's not the same as a wedding - either that they feel they ought to be allowed a same-sex wedding, or that they wouldn't want such a thing if it was available. But provided they haven't expressed any strong feelings, I'd say go for it.
well it depends how th ehappy couple feel - if they are talking about getting married then a just married reference is just fine if they only talk about their "civil partership" then I guess it would be polite to get a card which doesn;t refer to marriage.
Depends on whether they referred to it themselves as "getting married" or something. I prob wouldn't though to be cautious, al ot of people do feel (rightly enough IMO) that CP is a second-class sop rather than equality.
Unfortunately a civil partnership isn't exactly the same a marriage, and currently only same-sex couples can have a civil partnership, not mixed sex couples. To quote that glorious phrase - "the law is an ass" on this subject.
One would hope we will eventually see the day when mixed sex couples can also have civil partnerships too, though I doubt the Churches of any denominations will ever open up marriage to same sex couples.
There isn't a practical difference really, in terms of protection of the law for next of kin, pensions etc all that stuff. It's just that currently marriage is legally between a couple of different sex, and a civil partnership is between a same sex couple.
The difference is its not marriage. Hetero couples can choose whether to have a civil or otherwise marriage, which are both recognised in law as a marriage. A civil partnership only allows a civil cermony and is determinedly Not-A-Marriage. They quite simply they do not have the same status under law.
The word 'partnership', as opposed to 'marriage' was chosen specifically so as to avoid causing offence (as much as possible).
It is basically a marriage, but there are subtle differences. I believe the controversy lies with the political aspect:
"Ministers are very careful to avoid using this kind of shorthand - it's almost certain that had they wanted to use such language in the legislation, the Act would have had a far harder time. They stress partnerships are an entirely new legal concept."