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Date set for first same-sex marriages

December 10, 2013 2:20 PM
Originally published by UK Liberal Democrats

A pair of wedding rings (Jeff Belmonte. Licensed as Creative Commons Attribution 2.0.)The first same-sex marriages in England and Wales will be a wonderful step forward for equality, Deputy Prime Minister and Liberal Democrat Leader Nick Clegg has said.

The Government announced today same-sex couples will be able to get married from Saturday 29th March 2014. Nick Clegg welcomed the news and said it would strengthen the tradition of marriage.

He said: "This is the news many couples have been waiting for. After a long and important battle this is a wonderful step forward for equality.

"Love is the same, gay or straight, so it's only right that the civil institution should be the same.

"March will be a real moment for celebration as same-sex couples finally get the chance to express their love through marriage."

Couples wishing to be among the first to marry will need formally to give notice of their intention to marry on 13th March 2014.

For more information on giving notice of marriage, see https://www.gov.uk/marriages-civil-partnerships

Same-sex couples who married abroad under foreign law and are currently treated as civil partners will instead be recognised as being married in England and Wales in March 2014. Same-sex weddings in some British consulates and armed forces bases overseas will be possible, and arrangements for same-sex weddings in military chapels will be in place, from June 2014.