As couples celebrate the first day of gay marriage, who are the first same-sex couples to tie the knot in our region?
PUBLISHED: 11:25 29 March 2014 | UPDATED: 19:19 29 March 2014
On the day that gay marriage was introduced in England and Wales, we are searching the first gay couples to celebrate their wedding in our region.
The law changed at midnight, with a number of gay couples vying to claim the title of being the first to be married in Britain by trying to time it perfectly so their vows were said just seconds after the clock struck 12.
David Cameron said the reform was necessary because “when people’s love is divided by law, it is that law that needs to change”.
The Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act came into force in July last year but it was not until March 13 this year when couples were able to register their intention to marry under the Act for the first time.
Among the first couples set to take advantage of the legalisation were Peter McGraith and David Cabreza, who said they wanted to wed as soon as the marriage laws changed.
Ahead of their ceremony at Islington Town Hall Mr McGraith said: “We are thrilled to be getting married. It is a mark of significant social progress in the UK that the legal distinction between gay and straight relationships has been removed.”
Rainbow flags will be hung all over the country to celebrate the occasion, with one flying at the heart of Westminster.
Are you a gay couple celebrating your wedding this weekend? Tell us about your experience and send us your wedding photos. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 01603 772468.