In stark contrast to the recent shambles in Australia, same sex couples in the UK will be able to be married from Saturday 29 March 2014.
The UK's Women and Equalities Minster, Maria Miller set out the UK's position as such, "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. The 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."
Further, the UK has announced that same sex couples who married abroad under foreign law and are currently treated as civil partners will instead be recognised as being married in England and Wales from March 2014.
Couples in the UK who previously entered into a civil partnership will also be able to convert their partnership into a marriage and the UK envisage this being possible by the end of 2014.
Australian politicians – take note!!