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Following our blog earlier in the year where we reported on the progress of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill we are delighted that the Bill has now received royal assent. After much debate and somewhat of a furore, this means that same sex marriage is now law, even though the first UK same sex marriages won’t take place until Spring 2014 once all the procedures and paperwork have been put in place.
Perhaps unsurprisingly there is some confusion around what the changes in the law actually mean. The key points to note are as follows:
Are you planning your gay wedding? Would you like ideas for fantastic venues, dresses, cakes and more?
Come to the BT Convention Centre on the 3rd March 2013, for the National Gay Wedding Show, where you will be able to view a wide range of products and services across the whole wedding market.
Under amendments made to The Marriages and Civil Partnerships Regulations in 2011, allowing same sex couples to register for a civil partnership, 53,417 ceremonies have been conducted, a number that still continues to rise.
Bye June has announced the premiere of their eagerly awaited new music video, “Shades of Purple.” The track from their album “My Life is an Independent Film” is available now at all leading digital retailers.
“Shades of Purple” is the first pop music video to employ the ancient art of shadowgraphy, or hand shadows. Bye June teamed with world-renowned shadowgrapher Mr. Sati Achath; Resulting in an innovative melding of state-of-the-art video technology and old world shadowgraphy, which created a unique and outstanding medium.
Barry Dignam and Hugh Walsh were the first to take advantage of civil partnership in Ireland as one of the first couples to be joined under legislation which came into effect Jan. 1st.
Theirs is not the first civil partnership to take place there – six civil partnerships have already been registered in the State arising from court-granted exemptions to the usual 3-month notice which couples must give to the General Registrar Office.
It's a common refrain of politicians (and some lobby groups) to say that while they are not against equal civil marriage, it is not clear how many gay people actually want it.
A poll by pinknews.co.uk - conducted over two days with almost 800 responses – shows otherwise. LGBT people demand marriage equality.
They see Argentina, Mexico City and other countries in Europe making the move and question why the UK – a supposed world leader on LGBT rights – hasn't yet got that far.