It is the 20th anniversary of the Marriage Act of 1996, the landmark law which became a template for the UK’s marriage laws and a model for the rest of the world.
The law allowed same-sex couples to wed in England, Scotland and Wales.
It also made it legal for married couples to get a civil marriage certificate in England and Wales for the first time.
The government changed the law in 2009, allowing same-day marriage.
However, it was struck down in the High Court in December, meaning there is no prospect of a new civil marriage bill.
There are currently around 1,000 same-gender marriages taking place in England alone, and there are around 4,000 weddings in England every year.
The Government says it wants to get the law “out of the way” so that couples can marry again if they wish.
But it has faced resistance in the House of Lords, where many Conservative MPs have said the current law is a “bad precedent” for same-date marriage.
Some Conservatives argue that the current legislation is incompatible with religious freedom and equality legislation, while some Labour MPs have argued that same-year marriage is already legal in England.
The Liberal Democrats say the bill would have a “major impact on religious freedom” and could undermine public health.
It is understood that the Government is seeking to introduce a “marriage equality” bill as soon as possible, and that it has discussed the possibility of introducing a “bills of rights” similar to those already on the statute book, which would give people rights of freedom of religion and freedom to marry.
What is same- date marriage?
Same-date marriages are weddings where one person, often their partner, marries a different person, who is not their spouse.
The couple’s legal status is typically not legally binding on each other.
They do not have a legal marriage, however, but can enter into civil partnerships in other countries such as Canada.
When does same- marriage become legal?
A civil marriage is a legal union between a man and a woman who are not married.
It is typically recognised in many countries, including the UK, Ireland and New Zealand, but not in the UK.
The process of marriage usually takes place in a religious ceremony, but is often limited to a civil ceremony.
Can I marry a partner of a different gender?
Yes, but you will not be able to marry a same- gender couple.
How much will it cost?
The cost of a civil wedding varies depending on the state of your relationship and the type of relationship.
The minimum cost is around £400, and the maximum is around $700.
Why is this so hard to change?
There is no legislation in place to change same- dating laws in the US, Canada, Australia or the UK since the law was struck by the High Church of England in the early 1990s.
But a number of MPs in the Lords have said that a bill could be introduced in the coming months.
Do same- sex couples need a civil partnership to marry?
A civil partnership can be created and registered as long as the person is married to the same person, but there is a separate section of the law that says the person who is legally recognised as a person who has a civil union with a person of the same sex must not be allowed to marry, nor can the person marry another person.
This does not apply if the person in a civil relationship is also the partner of another person of a same gender.
Is same- year marriage legal in Canada?
In Canada, same-years marriage has been recognised for over 50 years.
However in 2011, a Supreme Court ruling made same-dating ceremonies legal for couples in same-status relationships.
It was the last time same-time marriage was recognised in Canada.
A bill was introduced in October to change the law.
I have a partner, but my partner has a different surname.
Is my marriage legally recognised?
It depends on what the law is.
Who gets married?
People in the same-age group who are married are known as a “spouse-to-be” and can get married.
They are usually the first people in their families to marry and to have children.
In a civil or civil partnership, they can be married by their partners, who can be their partner or someone they know.
In an same-Sex Marriage Act case, same sex couples can get marriage certificates issued by the same minister.
Which countries recognise same- years marriages?
All of the countries which recognise same sex marriages have laws in place.
The UK, Canada and Australia have laws that recognise same years marriages, and New South Wales has laws that allow same-semester marriages.
In the UK and Ireland, same marriage is recognised by both the church and state.
However the church is not a religious organisation in the Northern Ireland and the Catholic Church does not recognise same