Teresa Millward and Helen Brearley married in Halifax
The first same-sex weddings have taken place after gay marriage became legal in England and Wales at midnight…Politicians from the main parties have hailed the change in the law.
David Cameron said the move sent a message that people were now equal “whether gay or straight”, but some religious groups remain opposed.
Scotland passed a similar law in February; the first same-sex marriages are expected there in October. Northern Ireland has no plans to follow suit…
Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg said “Britain will be a different place” as a result…
Labour leader Ed Miliband congratulated those planning to tie the knot…”This is an incredibly happy time for so many gay couples and lesbian couples who will be getting married, but it’s an incredibly proud time for our country as well, recognising equal marriage in law,” he said…
Peter Tatchell (L) chief witness at Peter McGraith and David Cabreza’s wedding in Islington
Human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell acted as chief witness at a packed ceremony at Islington Town Hall in London just after midnight as Peter McGraith and David Cabreza were wed after 17 years together.
Mr Tatchell said the couple and all the others getting married had “made history” and “made Britain a more tolerant, equal place”.
With a crowd of photographers, journalists and well-wishers waiting, the couple took the opportunity to highlight the international struggle for gay rights.
Mr McGraith said: “Very few countries afford their gay and lesbian citizens equal marriage rights and we believe that this change in law will bring hope and strength to gay men and lesbians in Nigeria, Uganda, Russia, India and elsewhere, who lack basic equality and are being criminalised for their sexual orientation.”
RTFA. It’s the sort of journalistic record of an historic event some corners of the British Press still do very well.
Bon voyage to the happy couples. It’s always a boon to humankind to witness another nation move forward towards equal rights, equal opportunities. Pity, we haven’t reached that point in the GOUSA – though here in New Mexico our citizens of LGBT gender have acquired the right of marriage – moving past one more barrier, one more step beyond second-class citizenship.