52 PICTURES From The First Day Of Legal Gay Marriage In UK...

52 PICTURES From The First Day Of Legal Gay Marriage In UK (PHOTOS)

By Julius Okeke | Sub Editor on March 30, 2014
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1. Peter McGraith and David Cabreza got married on the stroke of midnight at Islington Town Hall.

Peter McGraith and David Cabreza got married on the stroke of midnight at Islington Town Hall.

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They’ve been together for 17 years, and were active in the campaign to make same-sex marriage legal.

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3. They invited everybody to come along and celebrate.

They invited everybody to come along and celebrate.

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8. Their 12-year-old son Andrew was there as well.

Their 12-year-old son Andrew was there as well.

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9. And a huge crowd of well-wishers.

10. Also just after midnight, Sean Adl-Tabatabai and Sinclair Treadway were married not far away in Camden Town Hall.

Also just after midnight, Sean Adl-Tabatabai and Sinclair Treadway were married not far away in Camden Town Hall.

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11. Sinclair’s mum gave him a kiss before the ceremony began.

Sinclair's mum gave him a kiss before the ceremony began.

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12. The ceremony was officiated by Jonathan Simpson, the mayor of Camden, who is himself gay.

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16. Meanwhile, at London club Heaven, people celebrated as they counted down to midnight.

17. Kyle Emerson & Richie Wood got married at midnight in Sheffield.

Kyle Emerson and Richie Wood tied the knot at midnight in Sheffield’s first equal marriage

18. Their MP, Yvette Cooper, gave them a copy of the Equal Marriage Act signed by all three party leaders as a present.

Very best wishes to Kyle Emerson & Richie Wood – counting down to midnight and the first #equalmarriage

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20. In Brighton, Andrew Wale and Neil Allard also got married shortly after midnight.

In Brighton, Andrew Wale and Neil Allard also got married shortly after midnight.

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24. And this morning, they were starting their honeymoon.

And this morning, they were starting their honeymoon.

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25. And there more marriages in Brighton once the sun was up.

26. Phil Robathan and James Preston were married in Brighton this morning.

27. Their ceremony was broadcast on BBC Radio.

28. And then they left in an awesome car.

29. And the weddings continued…

30. Sarah Keith and Emma Powell also got married in Brighton later in the day.

Sarah Keith and Emma Powell also got married in Brighton later in the day.

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31. Kate Barber and Melanie Elvins were married in Stratford-on-Avon

32. Helen Brearley and Teresa Millward got married in Halifax, Yorkshire.

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34. Indian-born couple Subodh Rathod and Niranjan Kamatkar – who’ve been together for more than 19 years – got married this morning in Harringey, London, and even streamed part of their ceremony online.



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35. At London’s Southbank Centre, a celebration of the day included Sandi Toksvig renewing her vows with her wife Debbie.

At London's Southbank Centre, a celebration of the day included Sandi Toksvig renewing her vows with her wife Debbie .

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36. Backed by the London Gay Men’s Chorus, of course.

Backed by the London Gay Men’s Chorus, of course.

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38. By the time it finished, there wasn’t a dry eye in the house.

By the time it finished, there wasn't a dry eye in the house .

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40. Across the country, rainbow flags flew to mark the occasion.

Across the country, rainbow flags flew to mark the occasion.

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46. We asked people at some of the events what equal marriage meant to them.

We asked people at some of the events what equal marriage meant to them .

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