19 July 2013, by Taylor King Family Law Solicitors
The Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act 2013 has now come into effect. The Act will:
- allow same sex couples to marry in civil ceremonies;
- allow same sex couples to marry in religious ceremonies, where the religious organisations has ‘opted in’ to conduct such ceremonies and the minister of religion agrees;
- protect those religious organisations and their representatives who do not wish to conduct marriages of same sex couples from successful legal challenge;
- enable civil partners to convert their partnership to a marriage if they wish;
- enable married individuals to change their legal gender without having to end their marriage.
It is expected that the first same sex weddings will take place in the summer of 2014. The arrangements for allowing civil partners to covert their partnership to a marriage will however take longer to implement.