Date is set for new same-sex marriage rule

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Same sex couples will be able to convert their civil partnership to a marriage at a Nottinghamshire County Council register office from 10th December this year.

Until now, only same sex couples who are not in a civil partnership have been able to take advantage of gay marriage legislation, which came into effect from 29th March .

The Government has been working on adapting laws to allow couples in a civil partnership to convert their union into a marriage if they wish.

Couples will have to attend a register office and sign a declaration that they both wish to convert their civil partnership to a marriage in front of a superintendent registrar.

Couples can also hold a ceremony at a register office or approved venue if they want to formally mark the event, a Nottinghamshire County Council spokesman said.

So far the council has carried out 20 same-sex marriages and has another 32 booked.

Coun Glynn Gilfoyle, chair of the council’s community safety committee, said: “We’ve had same sex couples contact us wanting to convert their civil partnership to a marriage and it’s been unclear about when we will be able to this. It’s great news that we can finally take bookings.”

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