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The Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act 2013 received Royal Assent on 17 July 2013 and is expected to come into force in 2014.
The legislation enjoyed a complex passage through the legislature, largely due to the need to accommodate varying religious views. Technical complexities still remain – for example regarding the extension of ‘spouse’s rights’ over pensions and death-in-service benefits, as the life expectancies of the sexes are significantly different.
In essence, the Act will make same-sex marriage the legal equivalent of heterosexual marriage.
Among other important legal issues dealt with by the Act are:
A consultation is to be held on civil partnerships and it is thought probable that these will be able to be converted into marriages.
Source: News feed