Same Sex Marriage

Both marriage and civil partnership certificates are available to anyone to purchase but they will need to know the name of both husbands, wives or civil partners, the date and the location of the ceremony. Religious ceremonies It is not possible to include any religious content in a civil marriage or civil partnership ceremony.

The minimum age for any person wishing to enter a marriage or civil partnership in England and Wales is 16 years old, and anyone under the age of 18 will require written permission from their parents or guardian. Notices are publicised by the registrar, and these details will not include the couple’s address when registering a civil partnership but will when registering a marriage. In March 2010, the House of Lords supported a cross-party amendment to the Equality Act, to permit religious denominations who wish to hold civil partnership ceremonies on their premises the right to do so. Registering Whether you plan to get married, or form a civil partnership, you must first give notice of your intention to a register office in the area you have lived for at least seven days.

The couple will be issued with a certificate of marriage or a certificate for a civil partnership. Civil partnership certificates include the names of both their parents. What happens during the ceremony? Marriages are formed by saying a predetermined set of words, whereas for civil partnerships there is no legal obligation on the wording used.