52 Heartwarming Pictures From The First Day Of Equal Marriage In The U.K.

“More happiness.”

1. Peter McGraith and David Cabreza got married on the stroke of midnight at Islington Town Hall.

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They’ve been together for 17 years, and were active in the campaign to make same-sex marriage legal.

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3. They invited everybody to come along and celebrate.

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Olivia Harris / Reuters

8. Their 12-year-old son Andrew was there as well.

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9. And a huge crowd of well-wishers.

10. Also just after midnight, Sean Adl-Tabatabai and Sinclair Treadway were married not far away in Camden Town Hall.

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11. Sinclair’s mum gave him a kiss before the ceremony began.

AP Photo/Matt Dunham

12. The ceremony was officiated by Jonathan Simpson, the mayor of Camden, who is himself gay.

AP Photo/Matt Dunham
AP Photo/Matt Dunham

16. Meanwhile, at London club Heaven, people celebrated as they counted down to midnight.

17. Kyle Emerson & Richie Wood got married at midnight in Sheffield.

Kyle Emerson and Richie Wood tied the knot at midnight in Sheffield's first equal marriage

— Hallam FM News (@hallamfmnews)

18. Their MP, Yvette Cooper, gave them a copy of the Equal Marriage Act signed by all three party leaders as a present.

Very best wishes to Kyle Emerson & Richie Wood - counting down to midnight and the first #equalmarriage

— Yvette Cooper (@YvetteCooperMP)

LOVE this pic of Sheffield's first equal marriage at midnight.Congrats Kyle & Richie! @SheffieldStar#sheffieldissuper

— Ellen Beardmore (@E_Beardmore)

20. In Brighton, Andrew Wale and Neil Allard also got married shortly after midnight.

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24. And this morning, they were starting their honeymoon.

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25. And there more marriages in Brighton once the sun was up.

26. Phil Robathan and James Preston were married in Brighton this morning.

Phil and James with the Mayor outside Brighton & Hove Register Office Regency Room #equalmarriage

— AlixMac (@AlixMac)

27. Their ceremony was broadcast on BBC Radio.

Aw Phil and James! Husband and husband @bbc5live

— Lesley Ashmall (@lesleyashmall)

28. And then they left in an awesome car.

That's what I call a departure! Phil and James and one tasty car! @bbc5live

— Lesley Ashmall (@lesleyashmall)

29. And the weddings continued…

Now it's the brides turn to celebrate at Brighton Town Hall #equalmarriage

— AlixMac (@AlixMac)

30. Sarah Keith and Emma Powell also got married in Brighton later in the day.

Luke Macgregor / Reuters

31. Kate Barber and Melanie Elvins were married in Stratford-on-Avon

They’ve been engaged for two and half years.

32. Helen Brearley and Teresa Millward got married in Halifax, Yorkshire.

Just over half an hour till Theresa and Helen from Meltham tie the knot in Halifax. A day of firsts.

— BBC Radio Leeds (@BBCLeeds)

The moment Teresa and Helen tied the knot in #Halifax - fighting back tears! #equalmarriage @BBCLeeds @Calderdale

— Kat Harbourne (@KatHarbourne)

34. Indian-born couple Subodh Rathod and Niranjan Kamatkar - who’ve been together for more than 19 years - got married this morning in Harringey, London, and even streamed part of their ceremony online.

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35. At London’s Southbank Centre, a celebration of the day included Sandi Toksvig renewing her vows with her wife Debbie.

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36. Backed by the London Gay Men’s Chorus, of course.

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38. By the time it finished, there wasn’t a dry eye in the house.

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40. Across the country, rainbow flags flew to mark the occasion.

Neil Hall / Reuters

Rainbow flag flying over Cabinet Office & Scotland Office today to mark first same sex marriages #EqualMarriage

— Cabinet Office (@cabinetofficeuk)

46. We asked people at some of the events what equal marriage meant to them.

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Tom Phillips is the UK editorial director for BuzzFeed and is based in London.
Tabatha Leggett is head of buzz at BuzzFeed UK and is based in London.
Jim Waterson is a politics editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.
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