Same sex couples status in the UK


Same-sex marriage legal

Marriage is a devolved issue in the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and the status of same-sex marriage is different in England and Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.


Legislation to allow same-sex marriage in England and Wales was passed by the Parliament of the United Kingdom in July 2013 and came into force on 13 March 2014, and the first same-sex marriages took place on 29 March 2014.

Legislation to allow same-sex marriage in Scotland was passed by the Scottish Parliament in February 2014 and received Royal Assent on 12 March 2014. The first same-sex marriages are expected to occur during Autumn 2014.

The Northern Ireland Executive has stated that it does not intend to introduce legislation allowing for same-sex marriage in Northern Ireland. Same-sex marriages from other jurisdictions are treated as civil partnerships.


What the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act does



The Act, which mainly extends to England and Wales only:


    Enables same sex couples to marry in civil ceremonies;

    Ensures those religious organisations that wish to do so can opt in to conduct marriage ceremonies for same sex couples;

    Protects religious organisations and their representatives from successful legal challenge, if they do not wish to marry same sex couples;

    Enables civil partners to convert their partnership into a marriage, if they wish;

    Enables individuals to change their legal gender without having to end their marriage.

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