Same-sex marriages will be conducted in the United Kingdom from 29th March 2014. Couples wishing to be married on this date are required to give formal notice of their intention by 13th March.
Equalities Minister Maria Miller said “Marriage is one of our most important institutions, and from 29 March 2014 it will be open to everyone, irrespective of whether they fall in love with someone of the same sex or opposite sex.”
Ironically, the date also coincides with the birthday of Lord Tebbit, a conservative member of the House of Lords who is infamous for his strong opposition to LGBT rights. He voted against legislation for same-sex marriage, civil unions, gender reassignment and protection against sexual orientation discrimination.
Yet to be set is the date when couples can convert their civil partnership to marriage. However, the government have said it will be by the end of 2014.