29 March 2014
The first gay weddings have taken place after same-sex marriage became legal in England and Wales at midnight. County Council Registration Services will need to write a new Ceremony to deliver which removes “marriage according to the law of this country is the union of one man with one woman…"
"This is an incredibly happy time for so many gay couples and lesbian couples who will be getting married, but it's an incredibly proud time for our country as well, recognising equal marriage in law."
Labour Leader, Ed Milliband
Congratulations to the gay couples who have already been married - and my best wishes to those about to be on this historic day.— David Cameron (@David_Cameron) March 29, 2014
March 29th 2014 marks the day when same-sex marriage becomes legal
The new legislation will be known as “The Marriage (same sex couples) Act 2013”
The Act enables same sex couples to get married in England and Wales by Civil or Religious Ceremony and is probably one of the most exciting changes we are ever likely to see to the modern Civil Registration Service.
Background to becoming legislation
The new legislation enables:
Same-sex couples in England and Wales have been vying for the chance to be some of the first to tie the knot at midnight. Andrew Wale and Neil Allard had agreed civil partnership did not feel like full equality and decided to wait for marriage.
After the clock struck midnight on Friday, the couple were among the first men marrying men and women marrying women in a range of ceremonies across England and Wales [Photographs: Leon Neal/AFP/Getty Images]
County Council Registration Services will need to write a new Ceremony to deliver which removes “marriage according to the law of this country is the union of one man with one woman…"
Brighton's Royal Pavilion hosted their marriage ceremony as this is where they first met
The newly married couple receive their marriage certificate
Instead of gifts, the couple asked their guests to make a donation to Stonewall, a gay rights charity.
Ruth Hunt, acting CEO of Stonewall, said
"The first weddings will send a powerful message to every person in Britain and around the world that you can live and love as you choose, regardless of your sexual orientation."
A wedding certificate means there is "true equality" for Teresa Millward, pictured with her new wife Helen Brearley after their wedding in Halifax this morning
John Coffey, married husband Bernardo Marti in Westminster this morning, saying "The ceremony completely exceeded our expectations."
David Cameron said the move sent a message that people were now equal "whether gay or straight", but some religious groups remain opposed. The rainbow flag (a symbol of the gay rights movement) seen here flying over Whitehall this morning [Photograph: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images]
Although marriage is now equal, these changes are still met with opposition. The Church of England also objected, and was given an exemption from conducting same-sex ceremonies. The Catholic Church, remain opposed to gay marriage, but Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby said: "The law's changed; we accept the situation."
Scotland, became the latest to give the green light to gay marriage last month. However, Northern Ireland, has stated it does not intend to introduce same-sex marriage legislation.
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Cumbria County Council produce a full colour brochure containing details and information about the formalities of getting married and weddings in Cumbria.
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