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    Technically, the first civil partnership registration in the UK was held on 5 December 2005 between Christopher Cramp and Matthew Roche, who were allowed to forego the usual 15-day waiting period as Roche was terminally ill (and, in fact, he lost his battle with lung cancer the following day). As seen in this report, Grainne Close and Shannon Sickles were the first couple to register their civil partnership after the waiting period.

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