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MPs hail 'momentous achievement' of equal marriage

As the countdown for the first same-sex marriages gets underway, Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, former Green Party leader Caroline Lucas and shadow chancellor Ed Balls have hailed the momentous event.

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Rainbow flag flying above 70 Whitehall tonight & all weekend to mark the momentous achievement of #EqualMarriage http://t.co/0yFvjB2prd

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Only 1 hour to go - I'm so proud to be part of a society & a @uklabour @lgbtlabour movement which has made #EqualMarriage a reality

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Wishing everyone taking vows from midnight tonight every happiness in the world. A wonderful & historic day for #LGBT rights #equalmarriage

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Welby calls for church to 'show love' to gay couples

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby Credit: Philip Toscano/PA Wire/Press Association Images

The Archbishop of Canterbury has signalled a shift in tone in the Church of England's response to same-sex marriage, which will become law at midnight tonight.

Although the church has been divided over the new law, Justin Welby struck a conciliatory tone in his comments.

"I think the church has reacted by fully accepting that it's the law, and should react on Saturday by continuing to demonstrate in word and action, the love of Christ for every human being."

Read: First same-sex marriages to take place from midnight

Nick Clegg 'so chuffed' as gay marriage legalised

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg said the legalisation of same-sex marriage was "a great step forward".

"It's a landmark day," he said. "I am so chuffed about this change in the law."

"It's just a simple idea that if two people love each other it doesn't matter that they're the same sex - if they love each other and want to show that commitment towards each other through marriage, they should be able to do so."

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Stephen Fry to narrate 'musical' same-sex wedding

Stephen Fry will narrate one of the UK's first same-sex weddings which will be conducted in the form of a musical and broadcast by Channel 4.

Composer Benjamin Till and West End stage star Nathan Taylor are writing the entire ceremony as a musical with all the vows and readings to be sung.

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Stephen Fry will narrate Our Gay Wedding: The Musical. Credit: Zak Hussein/PA Wire

Our Gay Wedding: The Musical will feature set-pieces from family and Fry said there will be appearances from "surprise guest stars and showbiz legends".

The QI quizmaster will introduce the 60-minute programme as well as adding his commentary.

John Hay, commissioning editor for arts, said, "We are proud to be marking a huge milestone for gay rights - a cause that has long been close to Channel 4's heart."

'It’s Raining Men campaign' challenges gay marriage claim

A campaign to get the 80s song It's Raining Men to the top of the charts has flooded social media in response to a Ukip councillor who claimed recent flooding was caused by the legalisation of same-sex marriage.

The Facebook campaign has 5,000 supporters. Credit: Facebook

According to the Independent, the Weather Girls' hit, was chosen by campaigners because: “For decades now, this song has been used as a gay anthem, we thought it fitted all the better based on UKIP's comments regarding storms and floods being caused by LGBT people and Gay marriage."

The Facebook campaign ‘Get it’s raining men to Number 1’ already has 8,400 supporters,

Labour welcomes same-sex marriage date

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Fantastic news that from 29 March next year you will be able to marry the person you love regardless of gender.

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Great to hear first same sex marriage ceremony can be held from 29 march 2014. Looking forward to lots of weddings!

Read: Same-sex marriages brought forward to March 2014

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