Marriage and Civil Partnership
Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act 2013
The marriage of same sex couples in England and Wales is lawful under the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act 2013.
• allows same sex couples to marry in religious ceremonies, where the religious organisation has ‘opted in’ to conduct such ceremonies and the minister of religion agrees.
• protects religious organisations and their representatives who do not wish to conduct marriages of same sex couples from successful legal challenges
• enables civil partners to convert their partnership to a marriage, if they wish
• enables married individuals to change their legal gender without having to end their marriage
The marriage of a same sex couple may only be solemnized in accordance with the following:
(a) Part 3 of the Marriage Act 1949
(b) Part 5 of the Marriage Act 1949
(c) The Marriage (Registrar General’s Licence) Act 1970, or
(d) An Order in Council made under Part 1 or 3 of Schedule 6.
For more information, please visit: http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/2013/30/notes/division/1/1