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Same-sex weddings — the completion of marriage equality?

Same-sex couples are now legally allowed to marry for the first time in this jurisdiction. Registry offices across the country opened their doors for the first same-sex wedding ceremonies at 12:01 on 29 March.

Before the Marriage (Same-Sex Couples) Act 2013, a marriage could only be between a man and a woman. Same-sex couples have been able to enter into civil partnerships since 2005 but they were not allowed to marry. Sir Ian McKellen, a founding member of campaigning group Stonewall, in 2008 described the previous disparity as ‘an oddity… it is not equal and one day it will be put right’. Has it now been put right, and is equality for same-sex couples now here? …

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