After legalizing marriages for same-sex couples earlier this summer, the UK’s Equality Minister Maria Miller has announced the date marriage licenses will be accepted.
”Marriage is one of our most important institutions, and from 29 March 2014 it will be open to everyone, irrespective of whether they fall in love with someone of the same sex or opposite sex,” Miller told the BBC.
“This is just another step in the evolution of marriage and I know that many couples up and down the country will be hugely excited that they can now plan for their big day and demonstrate their love and commitment to each other by getting married.”
Britain’s Conservative, Labour and Liberal Democrat leaderships all approved the measure.
There is an “opt-in” program for religious institutions meaning that groups opposed to same-sex marriage will not be required to perform them.