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Ten couples to convert civil partnerships in Sussex

cake decoration Photo: Press Association

Ten couples are set to make history in Brighton & Hove when they are married at the same time on the first day the law allows.

All ten couples are civil partners and will be converting their existing civil partnerships into marriages at 10am on Wednesday 10 December 2014.

Until now, there was no way for couples in civil partnerships to be married. Credit: Press Association

The Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act came into effect at the start of the year, on Saturday 29 March 2014.

At that time there was no legal way for couples in civil partnerships to be married. This will be rectified when conversions begin this December for any civil partners who choose to take up the option to be married.

All ten couples will be given a commemorative certificate to mark their involvement in the 10 December celebration.

All ten couples will be given a commemorative certificate Credit: Press Association

Among them will be Ian Scott and Ron Williams, who met in the 1960s and had no idea five decades ago that one day they would be legally able to marry.

When I first met Ron in 1962 I knew that there was something special and I felt that we would be together for the rest of our lives. Never, ever, did I think that it would be possible for us to be married. Now here we are 52 years later about to do just that.

– Ian Scott