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West's gay community gives marriage law a cautious welcome

by Kathy Wardle

From midnight tonight same sex marriage will become legal in the UK. At the moment, only civil partnerships have been available to gay people.

But the law does not mean that religious organisations have to perform marriage ceremonies, and couples already in civil partnerships cannot get married. That means the change in the law has only been given a cautious welcome by gay and lesbian organisations here in the West Country.


Exeter College ready for Twickenham final

It's a big day for Exeter College tomorrow. Their team will run out at Twickenham in the final of the national schools' Under-18 Vase competition.

It's the first time the college have reached a national final since 2005, when they won the under-18 cup. And after winning six games to reach tomorrow's showpiece, they feel it's time to lift another trophy.

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Cornwall Pride founder welcomes new legalisation

The founder and chairman of Cornwall Pride says the move to legalise same sex marriage is a "magnificent move forward".

Christian Diamant organises the Cornwall Pride parade in Truro, which celebrates the Lesbian, Gay, bisexual and transgender communities.

He is in a civil partnership which he hopes to transfer into a marriage. But, he says that means waiting until further legislation is brought in later this year:

Huge crowds at the Big Cake Show in Exeter


Ever seen a cake of the Wurzels? No, well here it is. Just one of the incredible cakes at #bigcakeshow in Exeter


The Queen of cookery Mary Berry makes a cake live at #bigcakeshow in front of huge crowds at Exeter.



Man appears in court after Exeter bank robbery

The Nat West branch in Exeter city centre was raided on Monday. Credit: ITV News West Country

A man from North Devon has has appeared in court charged in connection with a bank raid in Exeter.

Justin Bracken-Lee is accused of robbery at the Nat West bank on High Street on Monday. The 39-year-old from Ilfracombe is alleged to have stolen £3000.

He'll remain in custody until appearing at Exeter Crown Court next month.

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