Same Sex Marriage
The Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act 2013 introduced the ability for same sex couples to marry.
Civil partners are able to convert their civil partnerships into a marriage. The new Act does not abolish civil partnerships.
A religious ceremony can now take place subject to the agreement of the religious body allowing their premises to be utilised.
There are opt-in and opt-out provisions which effectively mean that a religious body cannot be forced to conduct same sex marriages on its premises.
A same sex marriage has the same effect in relation to same sex couples as it has in relation to opposite sex couples.
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