What is the difference between civil partnership and marriage?
A: Apart from the wording and process of the actual ceremonies, the main differences come down to legalities. For example, civil partners do not have the same pension rights as married couples. Visit gov.uk for a detailed guide to the comparisons.
Can I convert my civil partnership to a marriage?
A: Yes – you can visit your local register office for a straightforward conversion or have a ceremony at an approved venue with a registrar. You’ll both need to be present and bring proof of ID and of your civil partnership – you’ll then be issued with a marriage certificate. For more info, visit thegayweddingguide.co.uk
Can same-sex couples have a church wedding?
A: Yes, but only if the governing body of the religious organisation has opted in to consent of same-sex marriage, the individual minister is happy to conduct the marriage and the church itself is registered for same-sex ceremonies.
Which churches recognise same-sex weddings?
A: The Jewish and Quaker churches offer same-sex ceremonies – you’ll just need to give notice to the register office 16 days before the ceremony. Same-sex weddings cannot currently take place in Anglican churches.