Date set for first same-sex marriages

The first same-sex marriages in England and Wales will be a wonderful step forward for equality, Deputy Prime Minister and Liberal Democrat Leader Nick Clegg has said.

The Government announced today same-sex couples will be able to get married from Saturday, March 29, 2014.

Nick Clegg welcomed the news and said it would strengthen the tradition of marriage.

He said: “This is the news many couples have been waiting for. After a long and important battle this is a wonderful step forward for equality. 

“Love is the same, gay or straight, so it’s only right that the civil institution should be the same. 

“March will be a real moment for celebration as same-sex couples finally get the chance to express their love through marriage.”

Couples wishing to be among the first to marry will need formally to give notice of their intention to marry on March 13, 2014.

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