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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