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Civil partners must wait until late 2014 to marry in the U.K.

Civil partners must wait until late 2014 to marry in the U.K.

LAST UPDATED // Monday, 31 March 2014 20:04 Written by // Sabine Brix

Despite gay marriage being passed in the UK over the weekend, those already in civil unions must put their marriages on hold until late 2014.

Elton John and his partner David Furnish are among those who must wait to marry, with the British Government warning it is unlikely civil partnerships will be allowed to be converted until the latter part of 2014.

The British Culture Secretary and Minister for Women and Equalities Maria Miller said:

"I’m very much aware that there are couples who are already in a civil partnership and who may be disappointed that they will have to wait a little longer to be able to convert to a marriage. I’d like to reassure them that we are working hard to ensure that this process is in place by the end of year.

“It’s taking longer because we need to introduce completely new procedures and processes. This contrasts with the work to make new marriages for same-sex couples possible, where we have been able to build on existing processes so implementation is much more straightforward."


Sabine Brix

Sabine Brix

Sabine Brix is the digital editor for Gay News Network.

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