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PrideWest Live : Equal Marriage

Saturday 29 March 2014 will be a landmark day in the LGBT Community as it will be the day that the first same sex weddings will be able to take place following the passing of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act 2013, which received Royal Assent on 17 July 2013.

Couples across the region will join many across the country in holding some of the first same-sex marriages in the coming days these include Sarah Gough, 28 and Jenn Matthews, 29, from Worle in North Somerset.

Ruth Hunt, acting chief executive of gay rights charity Stonewall, said: ” Saturday is a momentous day for England and Wales, as the first same-sex marriages mark full legal equality for lesbian, gay and bisexual people.

“The first weddings will send a powerful message to every person in Britain and around the world that you can live and love as you choose, regardless of your sexual orientation.”

However, There is still mis-alignment for those couples who have previously entered into a civil partnership, as at the present time it is not possible to ‘convert’ these into a marriage without the need for a dissolution of the civil partnership. The government are aware of this and have issued assurance that they are “…continuing to work hard to ensure that couples wanting to convert their civil partnerships into marriages, and married people wanting to change their legal gender while remaining married, will be able to do so as soon as possible. We are aiming to have these arrangements in place before the end of 2014.”. This issue is seen by many as an afterthought by the government in trying to ‘rush through’ the legislation.

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