In 2004, the Civil Partnership Act was passed and brought into Statute in December 2005. As a direct result of this major change in legislation the status of Civil Partnership was created, which gave same-sex couples who entered into them the same rights and responsibilities of marriage. Some of the British media referred to these as “Gay marriages”, however, the Government made clear that they were not marriages.
After many years of debate legislation to allow same-sex marriage in England and Wales was passed in the United Kingdom by Parliament in the July of 2013. The legislation came into force on 13 March 2014, and the first same-sex marriages took place on 29 March of that year.
Between 29 March and 30 June 2014, 1,409 same-sex marriages took place. 56% of these marriages were to female couples (796 marriages) while 44% were to male couples (613 marriages).
From March 2014 to October 2015, approximately 15,000 same-sex couples were married in England and Wales. 7,366 were new marriages while 7,732 accounted for conversions from civil partnerships with 55% of these marriages being between female couples and 45% were between male couples. During that same time period, the number of couples opting for civil partnerships fell significantly.
Gay and Lesbian Marriage – My Philosophy
Same sex couples have the right to more than just a standard registry office marriage with off the shelf vows and a set format. The day should be suited to the two of you as a couple. You should be able to have the most outrageous, flamboyant day or, on the other hand, the most intimate of occasions. Some couples choose to have a themed wedding, the choice really is yours and you can make the day anything you want it to be.
The day itself can follow any format you like; many couples choose to have the processional where they will walk together up the aisle to music of your choosing. The ceremony then can have traditional exchange of rings along with vows or promises and you may wish to add in something a little different. A Hand-Fasting ceremony, maybe a Unity sand an Oathing Stone. You may wish to include family members in the ceremony; it is entirely up to you.
Whatever format the ceremony takes it will be finalised with a certificate signing before the two of you make your way back up the aisle together for the recessional, again accompanied by music if you wish.