Same-sex marriages now legal in Britain

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Same-sex marriages are now legal in Britain, with many couples already saying ‘I do’ since it became law on Saturday.

As the clock struck midnight, many same-sex couples joined in the wave of marriages, in a bid to become the first couples to get married under the new law.

Prime Minister, David Cameron hailed the marriages in England and Wales by saying they are sending a “powerful message” about equality in Britain.

On Saturday 29 March, it was declared that gay couples could legally marry, with Scotland approving the law a few weeks ago.

Writing in the Pink News, David Cameron said: “this weekend is an important moment [because] we will at last have equal marriage in our country”

“The introduction of same-sex civil marriage says something about the sort of country we are.

“It says we are a country that will continue to honour its proud traditions of respect, tolerance and equal worth. It also sends a powerful message to young people growing up who are uncertain about their sexuality.

“It clearly says ‘you are equal’ whether straight or gay. That is so important in trying to create an environment where people are no longer bullied because of their sexuality – and where they can realise their potential, whether as a great mathematician like Alan Turing, a star of stage and screen like Sir Ian McKellen or a wonderful journalist and presenter like Clare Balding.”

The Marriage (Same-Sex Couples) Act was approved in July 2013, with March 13 marking the day couples could register their intention to marry for the first time.

Peter McGraith and David Cabreza were one of the first couples in Britain to marry, when the law changed at midnight, at Islington Town Hall.

Peter McGraith said: “We are thrilled to be getting married. It is a mark of significant social progress in the UK that the legal distinction between gay and straight relationships has been removed.”

Source: The Guardian

 

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