Gay Marriage

Gay marriages as well as civil partnerships can now be celebrated in England and Wales. Scotland has also passed an equal marriage law, which should allow gay marriages in Scotland from the end of July

To get married under the new legislation in England and Wales, the Marriage(Same-Sex Couples) Act, couples need to give formal notice of their intention at their local town hall.

Maria Miller Equalities Minister said: "Marriage is one of our most important institutions, and from 29 March 2014 it will be open to everyone, irrespective of whether they fall in love with someone of the same sex or opposite sex."

She said it was "just another step in the evolution of marriage".

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Couples who have already had a civil partnership should be able to convert them into marriages by the end of 2014.

From June, people will also be able to take part in same-sex weddings in some British consulates and armed forces bases overseas or in military chapels.

Religious organisations have to "opt in" to offer weddings. However, the Church of England and Church in Wales have been prevented in law from doing so.

For further information, see:

an article in Wedding Secret's magazine

an article on the BBC's website

Check out our website for gay-friendly venues and services and our guides to help you plan your gay wedding.

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