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U.K. to hold first same-sex weddings March 29

By The Associated Press

This article was published December 10, 2013 at 9:13 a.m.

LONDON — The British government says the country's first same-sex weddings can be held March 29.

Equalities Minister Maria Miller announced Tuesday that marriage "will be open to everyone, irrespective of whether they fall in love with someone of the same sex or opposite sex."

She said gay couples "can now plan for their big day and demonstrate their love and commitment to each other by getting married."

Parliament legalized same-sex marriage in England and Wales in July.

Gay couples will be able to get married in civil ceremonies, and in religious services from orders that authorize it.

Miller said couples in civil partnerships, which have been legal since 2005, will be able to convert their relationship to marriage by the end of next year.

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