Gay couples in England and Wales will be able to get married from March 29, 2014, it has been announced.
Women and Equalities Minister Maria Miller made the announcement today.
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 or opposite sex.
The Marriage (Same-Sex Couples) Act made it through parliament in June this year.
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.