Happy anniversary! Couples mark one year since first same-sex weddings

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It has been a year since the first same-sex weddings were performed in England and Wales.

The Marriage (Same Sex) Couples Act received Royal Assent on 17 July 2013, paving the way for couples to marry in England and Wales from March 29, 2014.

Today, the first couples to marry celebrate their first wedding anniversaries, and campaigners are also marking the day.

Some of the couples celebrating today include:


John and Bernardo were married one year ago in the City of Westminster, by Registrar Tommy Hanover. (Image: @CityWestminster Twitter)

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Subodh Rathod and Niranjan Kamatkar married at the Haringey Council Chamber one year ago today


Peter McGraith and David Cabreza married at Islington Town Hall just after midnight – one of the first couples to do so


Sandi Toksvig and partner Debbie renewed their vows in a public ceremony at the Southbank Centre a year ago today 


Sean Adl-Tabatabai and Sinclair Treadway married at Camden, also shortly after midnight a year ago


Andrew Wale and Neil Allard were one of the first same-sex couples to tie the knot in the music room at Brighton Pavilion


Also celebrating will be Benjamin Till and Nathan Taylor, who staged their own musical wedding on Channel 4

Though England, Wales and subsequently Scotland have all enacted same-sex marriage, it is still banned in Northern Ireland, as well as in Crown Dependencies of Jersey, Guernsey and the Isle of Man.