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Is gay marriage legal in the UK now?

Same-sex marriage has been legal in parts of the UK since 2013.

Is gay marriage legal in the UK now?
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Gay marriage or same-sex marriage has been legal in part of the UK since 2013 when the law was changed to allow partners of the same sex to marry. England and Wales were the first nations of the UK to permit same-sex marriage when the law changed in July 2013.  Royal Assent was given by the Queen on the 17th July 2013 for English and Welsh same-sex marriages. The first same-sex marriage in England took place on the 13 March 2014.

In Scotland, the legislation took a little longer and gay marriage was given Royal Assent on 12th March with the first weddings taking place on 16th December 2014.

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In Northern Ireland, same-sex marriage remains illegal and only civil partnerships are permitted. There are a lot of differences between civil partnerships and marriages. You can read about them here.

Are you planning a wedding? Check out our gay wedding guide for the best services and planners.


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