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History made as first gay marriage held in Calderdale

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History was created in Calderdale today (Saturday) as the borough held its first same sex marriage.

Helen Brearley and Teresa Millward were married at Halifax Register Office on the first day of the new legislation giving equal marriage rights to gay and lesbian couples.

Following their Saturday morning ceremony, they headed to Shibden Hall, before a reception at Holdsworth House, for photographs and to pay homage to the Hall’s former landowner and mountaineer Anne Lister who throughout her life, from 1791-1840, kept diaries documenting her lesbian relationships.

The Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act 2013 was given royal assent on July 17 2013.

In a nutshell the Act:

Allows same sex couples to marry in civil ceremonies

Allows same sex couples to marry in religious ceremonies, where the religious organisation has opted in to conduct a ceremony and the minister agrees.

Enables civil partners to convert their partnership to a marriage

Enables same sex marriages conducted abroad to be recognised as marriages in England and Wales.

Enables married individuals to change their legal gender without having to end their marriage.

Watch the video of Helen and Teresa’s big day.

 
 
 

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