David Cameron hails first same-sex marriages in Britain

David Cameron has hailed the first same-sex marriages in England and Wales as sending a "powerful message" about equality in Britain. The law changed at midnight, with a number of gay couples getting married in Britain.

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Toksvig thought gay marriage's day 'would never come'

Comedian Sandi Toksvig has said there was "many a time I thought this day would never come" after renewing her wedding vows with her partner Debbie to celebrate the introduction of gay marriage in the UK.

Debbie and Sandi Toksvig took part in a mass sing-along of Bring Me Sunshine after renewing their vows. Credit: Justin Tallis/PA Wire

Toksvig came out as gay in September 1994 and recounted how she was told she would never work again and had to go into hiding with her children following negative press attention.

Sandi Toksvig joked that her sexuality was "just a phase" as the vows were read. Credit: Justin Tallis/PA Wire

She said: "At the time there was not a single gay woman out in public life. How wonderful it feels to be so much safer than 20 years ago."

The London Gay Men's Chorus provided the entertainment at the Royal Festival Hall. Credit: Justin Tallis/PA Wire

The couple, who first entered into a civil partnership seven years ago, were joined by more than 2,000 people, including their four children, at the Royal Festival Hall on London's South Bank.

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Wedding planner 'never expected' to be able to marry

A wedding planner is now arranging her own big day, thanks to a change in the law, which came into effect at midnight.

Shadia Thannon (right) manages a hotel in Newcastle, which hosts weddings. She will marry her partner Catherine Martin there in July, becoming one of the first same-sex couples in the North East to marry.

They had been planning a civil partnership, until the change in the law in England and Wales last summer made marriage legal for same-sex couples:

"For us it's really important, it means our relationship is seen equally in the eyes of the law. That's something neither of us really ever expected to happen," Catherine said.

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Couples tie the knot as same-sex marriage becomes law

Sean Adl-Tabatabai and Sinclair Gray Treadway have become one of the first same-sex couples to marry in the UK.

Mr Treadway commented: "Hopefully one day we'll look back in the future and we won't still be fighting for rights but we'll all be accepted."

Video of the marriage courtesy of Sean James Cameron:

The ceremony took place at Camden Town Hall at one minute past midnight. Mayor of Camden Councillor Jonathan Simpson conducted the historic service.

Thousands show online support for same sex marriage

Thousands of people have taken to Twitter to show their support for same sex marriage under the hashtag #equalmarriage

David Cameron hailed the first same-sex marriages in England and Wales as sending a "powerful message" about equality in Britain.

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