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More than 15,000 same-sex marriages have taken place in England and Wales since it became legal to do so, but the wedding industry still has far to go in catering for them, say experts.
There were 7,366 ceremonies for couples not already in a civil partnership, and 7,732 who converted their existing civil partnership into marriage, according to the Office of National Statistics. Yet as the business around same-sex marriage grows, there was criticism that the wedding industry as a whole has been slow to respond to this lucrative market.
“It is still waking up. There is a long way to go,” said Gino Meriano, founder of gayweddingshow.co.uk, which organised six gay wedding fairs across the UK last year. “If two women go into a bridal shop, do not assume one is the bride and one is the chief bridesmaid. Which happens. A lot,” he added.
Since the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act was introduced on 29 March 2014, with the first ceremonies taking place moments after midnight, 15,098 same-sex couples legally married during the period up to 30 June 2015, with 55% of ceremonies being between women, and 45% between men.
The number of civil partnerships fell by 70%, from 5,646 in 2013 to 1,683 in 2014. In December 2014, just 58 civil partnerships were carried out.
Laura Metayer, who founded Mrs & Mrs Products, specialising in same-sex wedding cards, invitations, personalised gifts and cake toppers, started her website four years ago when she and her partner had a civil partnership “because we couldn’t find any products ourselves”.
According to a survey by marketing and research company Out Now Consulting, a total of 868,000 gay men and lesbians in the UK are expected to marry over the next 15 years. Taking an average of £20,983 per ceremony, “that implies the UK gay and lesbian weddings market to be worth £18.2bn during the next 15 years”, CEO Ian Johnson said.
Meriano, whose company produces Pink Weddings magazine, distributed at the gay wedding fairs he arranges, said the indications were that there would not be a dramatic rise in the number of same-sex weddings. The market was worth an estimated £570m between 2005 and 2013, before the legalisation of same-sex marriage, and an estimated £62m in 2013, he said.
“The wedding industry is five or six years behind,” he added. “Many of those who exhibit at the gay wedding fairs do not have products specific to same-sex weddings. It’s got to wake up,” he added.
1 Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act: A factsheet Marriage is a hugely important institution in this country. The principles of long-term commitment and responsibility which underpin it bind society together and make it stronger. The Government believes that we should not prevent couples from marrying unless there are very good reasons – and loving someone of the same sex is not one of them. The Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act makes the marriage of same sex couples lawful in England and Wales, while protecting and promoting religious freedom. The Government believes that opening up marriage to all couples demonstrates society’s respect for all individuals, regardless of their sexuality, making our society fairer and more inclusive for all its members. This change strengthens the vital institution of marriage and ensures that it remains an essential building block of modern society. The Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act 2013, was passed on 17 July 2013, and the first marriages of same sex couples took place on Saturday 29 March 2014. Same sex couples who got married abroad under foreign law, who were consequently treated as civil partners in England & Wales, are now recognised as being married in England & Wales. What the Act does: The Act: enables same sex couples to marry in civil ceremonies; ensures those religious organisations which wish to do so can opt in to marry same sex couples according to their rites; protects religious organisations and their representatives from successful legal challenge if they do not wish to marry same sex couples; enables civil partners to convert their partnership to a marriage, if they wish; and enables individuals to change their legal gender without having to end their marriage. The Act also requires reviews to be conducted to consider three issues: whether belief organisations should be able to conduct legally valid marriage ceremonies; the operation and future of the Civil Partnership Act 2004 in England and Wales; and relevant differences in survivor benefits offered by occupational pension schemes. Religious protections The Act reflects the Government’s commitment that no religious organisation or representative will be forced to conduct or participate in same sex marriage ceremonies. Article 9 of the European Convention on Human Rights guarantees the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion, and the Act protects and promotes religious freedom through the Government’s ‘quadruple lock’. This ensures that religious organisations and their representatives can continue to act in accordance with their doctrines and beliefs on this issue. 2 The quadruple lock: Makes clear that a religious marriage ceremony of a same sex couple will only be possible if: i. the governing body of the religious organisation has opted in by giving explicit consent to marriages of same sex couples; and ii. the individual minister is willing to conduct the marriage, and iii. if the ceremony takes place in a place of worship, those premises have been registered for marriages of same sex couples. Explicitly states that no religious organisation can be compelled by any means to opt in to marry same sex couples or to permit this to happen on their premises; and no religious organisation or representative can be compelled by any means to conduct religious ceremonies for same sex couples. Amends the Equality Act 2010 to make clear that it is not unlawful discrimination for a religious organisation or representative to refuse to marry a same sex couple. Ensures that the common law legal duty on the clergy of the Church of England and the Church in Wales to marry parishioners does not extend to same sex couples. It also protects the Church of England’s Canon law, which says that marriage is the union of one man with one woman, so that it does not conflict with civil law. What the change to the law mean in practice Some people have concerns about what equal marriage means in practice. The nature of marriage Extending marriage to same sex couples has not changed the fundamental nature of marriage, or how it affects opposite sex married couples. Terms such as ‘husband’ and ‘wife’ continue to be used, including in legal and official documents. ‘Husband’ refers to a male marriage partner and ’wife’ refers to a female marriage partner. Many religious organisations believe that marriage should only be between a man and a woman, and the Act explicitly recognises this. The civil understanding of marriage has always been broader than that of many religious organisations. Marriage has evolved over the years, for example to enable Catholics, atheists, Baptists and many others to marry outside the Anglican Church, and to recognise married women as equal to married men before the law. The Church of England and the Church in Wales The Act takes account of the particular circumstances of the Church of England and the Church in Wales. It does not give them preferential treatment. It simply ensures they end up in the same place as every other religious organisation by containing specific measures to deal with their unique legal position. Unlike any other religious 3 organisation in this country, their clergy have a specific legal duty to marry parishioners. In addition, Anglican Canon law forms part of the law of the land. Both the Church of England and the Church in Wales have made it clear that they currently do not wish to conduct same sex marriage ceremonies according to their rites. The Government respects this position and the Act contains specific measures to ensure that, as for other religious organisations, it is their decision whether to marry same sex couples according to their rites, and there is no compulsion on them to do so. To enable marriage of same sex couples according to its rites, the Church of England would need to bring forward to the Synod an Amending Canon to amend its Canon law and a Measure to amend the Book of Common Prayer and primary legislation as necessary. Like all Synodical legislation the Measure would be subject to parliamentary approval. Should the Church in Wales decide to allow marriage of same sex couples, the Act sets out a procedure for its Governing Body to ask the Lord Chancellor to make secondary legislation enabling it to do so. Risk of challenge in the European Court of Human Rights The European Court of Human Rights has made it clear that the European Convention on Human Rights does not impose an obligation on States to grant same sex couples access to marriage, and Article 9 of the Convention guarantees religious freedom. The Government is confident that the Act provides strong and effective protections regarding religious same sex marriage ceremonies and ensures that religious organisations and their representatives cannot be compelled to marry same sex couples. This view has been supported by eminent human rights lawyers outside Government. Freedom of expression The Government is committed to freedom of expression and is clear that being able to follow your faith openly is a vital freedom which the Government will protect. The belief that marriage should only be between a man and a woman is lawful.. Everyone is entitled to express their view about marriage of same sex couples – at work or elsewhere. A religious or philosophical belief that marriage should only be between a man and a woman is protected under Article 9 of the European Convention on Human Rights. In addition, discriminating against someone simply because they hold such a belief is unlawful under the Equality Act 2010. Teaching and schools As on any other issue, teachers have the clear right to express their own beliefs, or those of their faith, about marriage of same sex couples as long as it is done in an appropriate and balanced way. Teachers deal sensitively and professionally with many issues touching on religious tenets in the classroom, such as divorce, and contraception, and there is no reason to think they will do otherwise when teaching about marriage, now that it has been is extended to same sex couples. 4 Teachers are expected to teach the factual and legal position that marriage in England and Wales can be between opposite sex couples and same sex couples – but they are not expected to promote or endorse views which go against their beliefs. Parents have the right to withdraw their children from sex and relationship education lessons that they do not consider appropriate, as long as they do not form part of the national curriculum programme of study for science (covering the biology of reproduction and the human life cycle). Teachers in faith schools are entitled to express their own beliefs in a balanced way. They are also expected to act according to the tenets of the religion of the school and, as for all teachers, to teach lessons within the context of a school’s overall plans, curriculum and schemes of work. Reviews required by the Act Belief organisations conducting marriages During the passage of the Act, strong representations were made that non-religious belief organisations, such as Humanists, should be able to conduct legally valid marriage ceremonies. The Act therefore requires a review to be conducted to look at whether such marriages should be permitted. The review will include a full public consultation, and a report on the outcome must be published before 1 January 2015. The Act also provides a power to make changes to the law to make marriages according to the usages of belief organisations possible. The future of civil partnerships The Government is reviewing the Civil Partnership Act 2004, and launched a 12-week public consultation on the future of civil partnerships in England and Wales, in January 2014. The consultation closed on 17 April 2014, and the Government is considering the responses. Survivor benefits in occupational pension schemes The Government recognises that there is a continuing difference in treatment of same sex couples, in relation to the survivor benefits which the law entitles them to receive in occupational pension schemes, arising from longstanding differences in treatment between men and women. The Act therefore requires a review of these differences to be conducted, including a consultation with those the Government considers appropriate. A report on the outcome of the review must be published before 1 July 2014. The Act also provides a power to make such changes to the law the Government considers necessary to eliminate or reduce these differences. 5 Next steps Marriages of same sex couples in some British consulates and armed forces bases overseas, and arrangements for marriages of same sex couples in military chapels, will be in place from 3 June 2014. The Government is working hard to ensure that couples wishing to convert their civil partnerships into marriages, and married people wanting to change their legal gender while remaining married, will be able to do so as soon as possible. We aim to do this before the end of 2014. Government Equalities Office April 2014
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British immigration law has, over recent years, become increasingly complex and it is now very difficult to provide a general guide. You must read the Immigration Rules and any related guidance before making an application and shouldn’t rely on this guide alone.
It’s traditionally been UKLGIG’s position that those with ‘straightforward’ applications should be able to make an application without the help of a legal advisor. We now believe that the need for specialist advice has increased due to the complexity of the rules introduced by the UK Visas & Immigration (UKVI), particularly since July 2012. [Note that we refer to both ‘The Home Office’ or its subsidiary ‘UKVI’ on this page. No difference is implied.]
This guide is a starting point to make the Immigration Rules more accessible but shouldn’t be your only source of information. The word ‘leave’ is used extensively on this page. ‘Leave’ is the term the Rules use to mean permission to stay in or enter the UK.
The requirements are different depending on the status of the partner who already has the right to live in the UK. This guide deals mainly with the partners of those who are British or settled (hold indefinite leave or permanent residence in the UK). It also includes the partners of those who are in the UK with refugee leave or humanitarian protection (though there are separate rules for the partners of refugees who were already partners before the refugee left their home country). The situation for the partners of EEA nationals is dealt with on a separate page.
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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. 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. Notices are displayed for a period of 28 days.
For couples where one or both partners are a non-EEA national, with limited or no immigration status, the notice period can be extended to 70 days.
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. A civil partnership is formed by signing a civil partnership document. For both, couples will need a registrar and two witnesses. They can choose to incorporate a ceremony which might include vows, readings and music.
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.
Religious ceremonies It is not possible to include any religious content in a civil marriage or civil partnership ceremony. Either can take place in a register office or any licensed premises in England or Wales.
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.
It is not currently possible for same-sex marriages to be conducted by or in the premises of the Church of England, or the Church in Wales. However, the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act 2013 does make it possible for any other religious organisation who wishes to conduct same sex marriages to do so.
Certificates and surname changes The couple will be issued with a certificate of marriage or a certificate for a civil partnership. These are all that are needed to show a name change if one party changes their surname to their partner’s. Couples can decide to keep their own name. Couples who choose to double-barrel or merge their surnames, or to change it to something new altogether, will need to apply through Deed Poll to do this.
Along with the names of the couple, a marriage certificate will include the names of their fathers. Civil partnership certificates include the names of both their parents. 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.
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