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Same-Sex Marriages Take Place In Britain For The First Time

Update Date: Mar 31, 2014 09:28 AM EDT

For the very first time, people in England and Wales took advantage of the new law that permitted same-sex marriages. A number of gay couples were seen vying to claim the first to be married title just after the law changed at midnight. 

The prime minister David Cameron spoke of 'powerful message' and said the reform was necessary because "when people's love is divided by law, it is that law that needs to change," The Guardian reported. 

Cameron has also faced opposition from some in the Conservative party about his support to the change in the law.

"This is something that has been very important to me. I have been so lucky to find the most incredible lifelong partner in Sam, and our marriage has been a very special part of the commitment we have made to each other. Of course any marriage takes work, requires patience and understanding, give and take - but what it gives back in terms of love, support, stability and happiness is immeasurable.The introduction of same-sex civil marriage says something about the sort of country we are.It says we are a country that will continue to honor its proud traditions of respect, tolerance and equal worth. It also sends a powerful message to young people growing up who are uncertain about their sexuality," he added according to The Guardian.

"It clearly says 'you are equal' whether straight or gay. That is so important in trying to create an environment where people are no longer bullied because of their sexuality - and where they can realize their potential, whether as a great mathematician like Alan Turing, a star of stage and screen like Sir Ian McKellen or a wonderful journalist and presenter like Clare Balding."

The Marriage Act for Same-Sex couples came into force July last year but they were note allowed to register their intention to marry under the act until 13 March this year. 

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