Just two same-sex couples register for marriage in Havering

Bells chimed across the UK on Saturday as it marked the first time same-sex couples could legally marry but in Havering the uptake has not been so enthusiastic.

Since March 13, couples of the same sex have been able to register to marry before the date of the first weddings on Saturday.

However, Havering has only seen two couples register so far. One of the couples will wed in the borough in the upcoming weeks.

Uptake in neighbouring Redbridge was marginally higher with three couples registering and a further seven giving notice of their intention.

Barking and Dagenham’s registry office stood empty with a grand total of zero same-sex couples registering.

The Marriage (Same-Sex Couples) Act 2013 came into place on March 13, allowing for the first time couples of the same sex to marry in the UK.

The change in law also means that couples who previously married abroad will now have their union recognised here.

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Planning on a same-sex marriage? Get in touch with Sam Blewett on 0208 477 3892 or sam.blewett@archant.co.uk