As of today, couples in England and Wales have the choice to convert their civil partnership into marriage, concluding a historic process of changing the law to give same sex couples the right to get married.
Liberal Democrats were the first party to support same sex marriage and we have delivered our promise to couples to allow conversions into marriage to take place from 10 December. We are delighted that there is now no reason in the law why two people of the same sex cannot be married.
Liberal Democrat Minister for Equalities Jo Swinson said:
"It has been wonderful this year to see same sex couples finally able to celebrate their relationship in the way other couples have done for centuries.
"This has meant a huge amount of personal joy for gay men and women and their families, and has made our society stronger and fairer.
"Today we take the final step in implementing this historic legislation, by allowing couples to convert their civil partnership into marriage, if they want to.
"Congratulations in advance to all the couples already in civil partnerships who are planning to convert them into marriages in the coming months."
The new legislation is designed to give couples in England and Wales the freedom to choose how they would carry out the conversion of their civil partnership into marriage.