New law enables civil partners to become married couples

By on 09/12/2014 in News

Nine couples in civil partnerships will become married couples at Birmingham Register Office as new legislation comes into effect tomorrow (10 December).

On 29 March 2014 the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act 2013, enabled same sex couples to get married, and since then 24 have tied the knot at the city’s register office in Holliday Street.

However, thanks to the second part of this legislation, those who had previously entered into civil partnerships can now convert them to marriages, with nine couples signing conversion of declaration documents tomorrow.

Couples may make an appointment at their local register office to verify information and documents before a declaration of conversion can be prepared. Those who wish to have a celebration can sign their conversion declaration at a civil ceremony.

Legally the conversion from a civil partnership into marriage will be completed on the signing of the conversion declaration.

Cllr Barbara Dring, Chair of Birmingham City Council’s Licensing and Public Protection Committee, said: “Now that this new law has come into effect couples can now be equal in the eyes of the law, regardless of their sexuality.

“This legislation now enables couples, who are already in civil partnerships, to convert their commitment to each other into marriage.â€

David Holder-Twomlow, 41, and his partner Alan – who live in Marston Green, Solihull and became civil partners in June 2006 – will become a married couple on Saturday (13 December).

David said: “It would’ve been great if we could have got married but civil partnerships were a terrific halfway house for same sex couples, until this legislation come into effect. That said, being able to convert our partnership to a marriage is wonderful.

“All we’ve wanted is to have the same thing that our parents have and our heterosexual friends have. There may be couples in civil partnerships who don’t want to convert their legal status to marriage, but for us it was what we’ve always wanted.â€

For more information about getting married in Birmingham, including same sex marriages, visit www.birmingham.gov.uk/registeroffice .

ENDS

Notes to editors:

David and Alan Holder-Twomlow’s conversion ceremony will take place at Birmingham Register Office, in Holliday Street, on Saturday (13 December).

Any bids for interview or filming with the couple should be made via the press office before 5pm on Thursday (11 December).

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