Britain’s first gay marriages draw hundreds of midnight well-wishers



Gay couple Peter McGraith (right) and David Cabreza were married at Islington Town Hall (Picture: Getty Images)

Hundreds of people turned out in the early hours of this morning to celebrate Britain’s first same-sex weddings.

The ceremonies became possible after the law to allow gay marriage in England and Wales came into force at midnight.

Couples across the country made their vows and were greeted by scores of well-wishers in a landmark move that, according to human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell, has made Britain ‘a more tolerant, equal place’.

Although civil partnerships already joined couples together legally, the fundamental difference with a marriage is the spoken words that take place at the ceremony, not just the signing of a document.

LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 29: Gay couple Peter McGraith (left) and David Cabreza kiss outside Islington Town Hall after getting married shortly after midnight in one of the UK's first same-sex weddings on March 29, 2014 in London, England. Same sex couples have been able to enter into 'civil partnerships' since 2005, however following a change in the law in July 2013 gay couples are now eligible to marry in England and Wales. A number of gay couples have arranged for their wedding ceremonies to take place shortly after midnight on March 29, 2014 to become some of the first to take advantage of the new law. Parliament's decision to grant same sex couples an equal right to marriage has been met with opposition from religious groups. Gay marriage is currently being debated in Scotland, however the Northern Ireland administration has no plans to make it law.(Photo by Rob Stothard/Getty Images) *** BESTPIX *** Peter McGraith (left) and David Cabreza tied the knot in Islington, north London Picture: Getty

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