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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.

Couples tie the knot as first gay marriages take place

One of the first same-sex couples to be married as soon as the law allowed has said "I do" in front of a packed room of guests shortly after the stroke of midnight.

Peter McGraith and David Cabreza were another couple to take advantage of the new legislation as soon as they possibly could.

Islington couple Peter McGraith and David Cabreza (right) after their wedding service at Islington Town Hall, London Credit: PA

Actor Andrew Wale, 49, and guesthouse owner Neil Allard, 48, wed at the Royal Pavilion in Brighton just after midnight.

Actor Andrew Wale (left) and guesthouse owner Neil Allard marry in Brighton Credit: PA

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Peter Tatchell: One marriage system for everyone

Human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell attended one of the first same-sex marriages in Britain, hailing the "historic occasion". Peter McGraith and David Cabreza was among the first to get married in Islington.

Mr Tatchell said during the wedding ceremony that "there should be one system for everyone".

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Gay couples across Britain wed at midnight

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