However, on their return their marriage was not recognised under British law. Under the subsequent Civil Partnership Act, it was instead converted into a civil partnership. The couple sued for recognition of their marriage, arguing that it was legal in the country in which it was executed and met the requirements for recognition of overseas marriages and should thus be treated in the same way as one between opposite-sex couples. They rejected the conversion of their marriage into a civil partnership believing it to be both practically and symbolically a lesser substitute.
See also: Same-sex marriage in the United Kingdom Same-sex marriage in the United Kingdom has been the subject of wide debate since the decriminalisation of homosexuality in Britain. Previous legislation in England and Wales had prevented same-sex marriage, including the Marriage Act which defined marriage as between a man and a woman, the Nullity of Marriage Act which explicitly banned same-sex marriages, and the Matrimonial Causes Act which reiterated the provisions of the Nullity of Marriage Act. While civil partnerships were established nationwide, marriage law is a devolved matter in the United Kingdom and therefore the legislative procedure of same-sex marriage differs by jurisdiction. The Marriage Same Sex Couples Act , which allows same-sex marriage in England and Wales, was passed by the UK Parliament in July and came into force on 13 March , with the first same-sex marriages taking place on 29 March
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Women and Equalities Minister Maria Miller also announced that the first same sex wedding could take place by as early as summer Marriage is the bedrock of our society and now irrespective of sexuality everyone in British society can make that commitment. It is a wonderful achievement and whilst this legislation may be about marriage, its impact is so much wider. It demonstrates the importance we attach to being able to live freely.
Publication Date: The government had performed a large-scale consultation to try to establish the feelings of the public and various organisations about same sex marriage and the extent of any future legislation. The bill received its first reading in the House of Commons on 24th January and its second reading on the 5th February, where it was passed with a vote of It completed the committee stage on 12th May, the report stage, and was debated on the 20th and 21st May, with the third reading passing by
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