PHOTOS: UK's First Same-sex Weddings Began at Midnight

By Advocate.com Editors

Originally published on Advocate.com March 29 2014 1:18 PM ET

Peter McGraith (left) and David Cabreza kiss outside Islington Town Hall after getting married shortly after midnight in one of the UK's first same-sex weddings on March 29, 2014 in London, England. Same sex couples have been able to enter into "civil partnerships" since 2005, however following a change in the law in July 2013 gay couples are now eligible to marry in England and Wales. A number of gay couples had arranged for their wedding ceremonies to take place shortly after midnight on March 29, 2014, to become some of the first to take advantage of the new law. Parliament's decision to grant same sex couples an equal right to marriage has been met with opposition from religious groups. Same-sex marriage is currently being debated in Scotland, however the Northern Ireland administration has no plans to make it law.

Peter McGraith and David Cabreza.

 Neil Allard (right) and Andrew Wale show off their rings following their marriage, outside Brighton's Royal Pavilion shortly after midnight, England.

Well-wishers from an African LGBTI group gather outside Islington Town Hall before the marriage of Peter McGraith and David Cabreza.

Helen Brearley (left) and Teresa Millward hold hands during their wedding ceremony at Halifax Register Office, the day gay marriage became legal in Halifax, United Kingdom.

Nikki Pettit (center) and Tanya Ward (right) are showered with confetti after their wedding ceremony in Brighton.

Phil Robathan (left) and James Preston (right) release doves following their wedding ceremony in Brighton.

A guest reacts during the wedding of James Preston and Phil Robathan.