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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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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PM: Allowing gay couples to marry will help country

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 vying to claim the title of being the first to be married in Britain by trying to time it perfectly so their vows were said just seconds after the clock struck 12.

Prime Minister David Cameron addresses guests at the Gay Pride reception in 2010. Credit: PA

The Prime Minister said the reform was necessary because "when people's love is divided by law, it is that law that needs to change".

Writing in Pink News he said "this weekend is an important moment for our country" because "we will at last have equal marriage in our country".

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Sandi Toksvig renews wedding vows in public event

As gay and lesbian couples across England and Wales say I do, they will be in good company as broadcaster Sandi Toksvig renews her vows with Debbie Toksvig.

The free but ticketed event in the Royal Festival Hall on London's Southbank forms part of the centre's celebrations of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act becoming legal from midnight.

Sandi Toksvig re-weds her long-term partner. Credit: Suzan/EMPICS Entertainment

The Radio 4 News Quiz presenter said the event would be a "joyous occasion" and invited the public to share the experience, at which they will joined by their four children.

Toksvig, who had a civil partnership with Debbie in 2007, said: "I look forward to celebrating with old and new friends. It is a public statement of pride in our love and thanks to all those who have campaigned for equality over many years."

MPs celebrate first same-sex marriage at ceremonies

MPs and councillors across England and Wales are celebrating the inauguration of the first same-sex marriage ceremonies taking place at midnight today. Yvette Cooper, Emily Thornberry and Terry Stacey attended ceremonies this evening.

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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