First same-sex marriages take place

Gay and lesbian couples can legally marry, after a change in the law.

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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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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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Newcastle: How to change from civil partnership to marriage

A rally to campaign for equal rights for those who are lesbian, gay bisexual and transgender. Credit: TERRY SCOTT/NEWZULU/PA Images

Same sex couples are being invited to an event in Jesmond, Newcastle, to find out how to change civil partnerships into marriages. Same sex marriages become legal in England and Wales tomorrow.

The city council is holding an event at Mansion House.