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Gay couples set to tie the knot

Saturday, September 17, 2005

From the Sheffield Star 17th September 2005.



ALMOST 40 gay couples have signed up to tie the knot in Sheffield when new same sex "marriages" come into force later this year. The first "wedding" will be held on December 21, just weeks after the new Civil Partnership Act comes into force. Under the law, gay couples can sign up to partnerships which will give them similar rights to married people in areas like property and tax.

Sheffield's chief superintendent registrar Michael Rigby says 39 ceremonies have already been booked.


"Sheffield is looking forward to the introduction of civil partnerships in December this year and is taking part in the preliminary consultations to ensure its success," he said. "Sheffield recently held a Pink Weddings Fayre which was attended by over 60 partners and proved a great success and such was the interest shown by the partners that the closing time had to be delayed by over an hour.

"Sheffield is now preparing to take up the new legislation and recognises this much needed change to encompass the needs of same sex couples. I already have 39 firm bookings for Civil Partnership Ceremonies with the first being the 21st December 2005”

Equality minister Meg Munn, MP for Sheffield Heeley, said:


"Civil partnership is a landmark change in the law that will give gay and lesbian couples in Sheffield many of the same rights as married partners. The Government is committed to equality for all and in our modern society it is only right that gay and lesbian couples who have made a decision to share their lives should be given the recognition they deserve.


“It is ridiculous that we have had a system that does not recognise the relationship of a gay couple who may have lived together for 20 years. One partner could be excluded from the funeral if the other died, or lose their joint home because of inheritance tax. I am really happy that civil partnership gives same-sex relationships the recognition they should have."


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