The Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill has now received Royal Assent and has officially become law.
The Act, which applies to England and Wales, will:
“Marriage is the bedrock of our society and now irrespective of sexuality everyone in British society can make that commitment,” said Women and Equalities Minister Maria Miller.
Work is now underway across Government to ensure that all the necessary arrangements are in place to allow marriages of same sex couples to take place a quickly as possible. Once the necessary processes are in place, it is anticipated that the first wedding could happen by summer 2014.
According to the Government, the arrangements for allowing the conversion of civil partnerships to marriages, and allowing people who change their legal gender to remain in their marriages, will follow later, as these will take longer to implement. Further details are to follow in due course.
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