A #British #lesbian couple will be one of the first in the country to be recognised as legally married later tonight.
Sue Wilkinson and Celia Kitzinger, 60 and 57, married in Canada in 2003, and have fought a long battle to have their marriage recognised in the UK.
At one minute past midnight tonight, as part of the same-sex marriage act comes into effect, they will be one of the first British couples to be recognised as legally married.
New same-sex weddings in England and Wales will commence on the 29th of this month, as the legislation does not come into effect all at once, and all new marriages require a notice period.
However, existing overseas marriages, such as Wilkinson and Kitzinger’s, will be recognised from tonight.
In addition, the notice period can be waived for marriages where one or both of the partners is terminally ill, meaning that from tonight such couples will also be able to marry.
Legislation allowing the conversion of a civil partnership into a marriage has not yet been enacted, and same-sex marriage will come into effect in Scotland later this year.
Kitzinger, a Sociology professor at the University of York, told the Northern Echo: Tonight at 12:01, when our marriage is finally recognised in our home country I think we’ll be opening a bottle of champagne, toasting ourselves, toasting equality and toasting the future of lesbian and gay equality for all countries of the world.
“I came out as lesbian in 1973 and things were a lot different then and it never occurred to me that one day the law would be changed such that my marriage to the woman that I love would be recognised.”
Wilkinson, a social sciences professor at Loughborough University, told the paper: “I think for me it is disbelief more than anything else.
“Its kind of suddenly crept up on us from nowhere, only eight years after we lost a court case to declare our marriage legal in this country. But now it will be legal in this country and that’s pretty stunning.”
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