UK Government announce same-sex weddings to start from March 29
Tuesday, December 10, 2013
Thegovernment announced today that marriages in and between members of the will be conducted from March 29 of next year. The change follows the passage of the earlier this year.
The equalities ministersaid: "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. This is just another step in the evolution of marriage and I know that many couples up and down the country will be hugely excited that they can now plan for their big day and demonstrate their love and commitment to each other by getting married."
The government have not given details of how couples already in a civil partnership will be able to convert to a marriage. The government are also working on arrangements for those who wish to change their legally recognised gender while married. Miller said arrangements on both of these issues would be in place by the end of 2014.
Ben Summerskill from the gay rights groupsaid: "This historic step will mean that, for the first time, every gay person in England and Wales will finally enjoy exactly the same rights as their heterosexual friends and family."
The deputy prime minister,, said on that it was "great news".
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