The Government has yesterday announced that couples currently in civil partnerships will be able to convert to marriage from 10 December 2014.
‘For me, freedom has always been about the right to be who you are and love who you love. That’s why I was proud to walk through the “aye” lobby at the House of Commons in support of equal marriage. And that’s why I’m pleased to announce that, from 10 December, couples in England and Wales who have entered a Civil Partnership over the past decade will be free to convert it into a marriage.’
Minister for Equalities Sajid Javid
The announcement comes after Stonewall called for the Government to give couples a date so they can begin to plan their celebrations with their family and friends.
Commenting on the announcement Stonewall’s Director of Campaigns, Sam Dick said:
‘We’re pleased that the government has finally named the date allowing those in civil partnerships to convert to marriage. We know that thousands of couples will now be able to plan celebrations with their friends and family. We hope that the process being set out by the government is straight forward, inexpensive and allows those couples to finally get the marriage certificate they’ve waited patiently for.’
Sam Dick, Stonewall’s Director of Campaigns
This announcement comes only days away from London Pride, and as thousands of people look descend on capital for the annual Pride parade. This year the organisers are asking everyone to share what Pride means to them under the banner of #FreedomTo.