Britain Has First Gay Weddings
New law takes effect
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Mar 29, 2014 1:26 PM CDT
The wedding rings of Sean Adl-Tabatabai and Sinclair Treadway.   (Matt Dunham)

(Newser) – Gay couples in Britain waited decades for the right to get married. When the opportunity came, it took just a few minutes to make history. Londoners Sean Adl-Tabatabai and Sinclair Treadway were among the first to tie the knot when Britain's new marriage law came into effect today. The two men wed in front of about 100 guests at their local town hall in the London borough of Camden—one of several locales holding late-night ceremonies to mark the occasion. By 10 minutes past midnight they were married, with a kiss and a registrar's declaration: "You are now husband and husband."

It's a sign of a profound shift in attitudes in a country that little more than a decade ago had a law on the books banning the "promotion" of homosexuality. "Some people say, 'You gays are trying to redefine marriage,' but the definition of marriage has already changed," said Treadway, a 20-year-old student originally from Los Angeles. "Now it's between two people who love each other." Britain was the 15th country to legalize same-sex marriage, which is also legal in several US states. But the march of gay rights is not universal—several countries, including Uganda and Russia, have recently introduced anti-gay laws.

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Mar 31, 2014 4:54 PM CDT
Why do people care who marries who in Britain?
Big Al
Mar 30, 2014 4:25 PM CDT
It is obvious the people who are yelling about given equal rights to people who want to marry people they love are frightened that life is changing and they have no control over those changes. 50-60 years ago they would be yelling about allowing one ethnic group or another to attend schools that were traditionally white only schools. They would be screaming about getting rid of laws that allow one ethnic group to marry another ethnic group. They would be yelling about laws allowing universal voting rights. Today they are yelling about breakfast cereal commercials depicting marriage between a Black man and a White woman and a bi-racial child. England's law says people of the same sex MAY marry not that that you MUST marry a member of the same sex! Various religions and churches are making their own decisions as to whether they will perform marriage ceremonies for same sex couples. I am going to make a radical suggestion. As long as the relationship is voluntary; as long as boh parties have at least room temperture I.Q.; as long as both parties have never been declared incompetent by a court of law; and as long as both parties are of the age that the state says they can enter into legal relationships, let people marry who they wish. Let the name calling commence over this radical suggestion.
Mar 29, 2014 10:38 PM CDT
I'm not happy until I can marry twelve men.