Same-sex couples in England and Wales who want to hold weddings on the day gay marriage becomes legal on 29th March can now register to do so. Couples have to give 15 days’ notice of their intention to marry at a register office.
Gay couples that were married overseas now also have their marriage legally recognised
Civil partnerships became legal in the UK in 2004, giving same-sex couples the same legal recognition as heterosexual marriage.
Those in civil partnerships can choose to convert their relationships to marriage, but the procedure for doing so will not be in place until the end of the year.
Scotland has passed a same-sex marriage bill, with ceremonies expected to take place before the end of the year. Changes in the law will not be introduced in Northern Ireland
One local couple said
“Finally we can get married, the term ‘civil partner’ sounds like a business partnership, not two people in love”