First same sex weddings announced for March 2014

Wednesday, December 11, 2013 - 11:45

LGBT Consortium are proud to have been invovled with the equal marriage journey from the start when in 2012 we held consultation events across England in partnership with the GEO. So we when Women and Equalities Minister Maria Miller announced on Tuesday that the first same sex weddings in England and Wales will be able to take place from Saturday 29 March 2014 we were jolly excited than it was sooner than expected!

Following the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act 2013 successfully completing its journey through Parliament in July 2013, the Government has been working to ensure that all the arrangements are in place to enable same sex couples to marry as soon as possible.
As a result of this work, the first weddings will now be able to happen several months earlier than anticipated which doesnt leave us much time to rebook those wedding venues!
Maria Miller 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.
 “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.”
Those couples wishing to be among the first to marry will need formally to give notice of their intention to marry on 13 March 2014.


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