Gay couples say ‘I do’ to new marriage law

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Nine same sex couples from St Helens are set to wed after new laws permitting same sex marriage came into force over the weekend.

Gay couples were able to tie the knot in the first ever ceremonies in England and Wales from midnight on Saturday.

A number of couples were vying to claim the title of being the first ever to be married in Britain.

While in St Helens, no same sex couples married over the weekend, a number have already signalled their intent to wed with the town’s register office.

Eight female couples and one male couple - including a construction worker, a dance teacher, librarians, shop assistants and cleaners - were the first to take advantage of the new law.

Vying for the title of first same-sex couple to marry in Britain will be Brighton couple Andrew Wale and Neil Allard. The pair will wed in Brighton’s famous Royal Pavilion.

Five same sex couples will be married in Brighton on the first day that the Act comes into force.

Meanwhile, broadcaster Sandi Toksvig and her civil partner Debbie Toksvig will renew their vows at a public event at the Royal Festival Hall on the Southbank in London on Saturday morning.

Gay rights campaigners have rejoiced at the move saying Saturday was a “momentous day”.

Ruth Hunt, acting chief executive of gay rights charity Stonewall, said: “Saturday is a momentous day for England and Wales, as the first same-sex marriages mark full legal equality for lesbian, gay and bisexual people.”

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