Same-sex couples are expected to be able to marry from next summer, after the legislation passed its final parliamentary hurdle this week.

The bill received Royal Assent yesterday, as the Queen - the Supreme Governor of the Church of England - gave her formal approval to one of the most radical pieces of social legislation during her reign. The bill was backed by Conservative, Labour and Liberal Democrat leaderships - and the news of the consent was greeted with cheers in the House of Commons.


In advance of the ceremonies to take place in 2014, The One Love Wedding Show - for design-led, same-sex couples - has announced it that will launch on Sunday 20 October this year.

Sara Smyth, from quirky bridal boutique Ruby+Diva, has joined forces with Becky Hoh-Hale, the founder of the vintage china and prop hire company A Most Curious Wedding Party, to create this exciting event.

The One Love Wedding Show will take place at the Hospital Club, Covent Garden, with an amazing amalgamation of unique fashion, entertainment, art and performances.


Under the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill, religious organisations will have to 'opt in' to offering weddings, with the Church of England and Church in Wales being legally banned from doing so.

The Prime Minister's stance on gay marriage has also deepened the rift in the Conservative party, many of whom voted against it.

Equalities Minister Maria Miller stated that the bill was a 'clear affirmation' that 'respect for each and every person is paramount, regardless of age, religion, gender, ethnicity or sexuality.'

In contrast, Conservative MP Sir Gerald Howarth said that it was 'astonishing that a bill for which there is absolutely no mandate, against which a majority of the Conservatives voted, has been bulldozed through both Houses.'


One Love Wedding Show; Sunday 20th October 2013, 10.30am - 4.30pm