Lots of emphasis is likely

Lots of emphasis is likely to be placed on the effect that the Government’s proposals for a civil partnerships register is going to have on homosexual couples. But I don’t think that the impact on heterosexual couples should be understated either.
I’m not so sure that it is really undermining the institution of marriage in any way. Many couples underwrite marriage with a pre-nuptial agreement these days anyway, which seems to me to speak volumes about the practical weaknesses, not strengths, of marriage as an institution. The civil partnerships register is almost akin to a pre-nup without the ceremony of marriage, so it can’t possibly have the same status or gravitas that marriage has.
In a way, there is an argument for actually having both institutions running in parallel.