A Marston Green couple who have been actively involved in campaigning for the law to be changed for same sex couples are to become one of the first in the borough to alter their civil partnership to a formal marriage.
Legislation, which is the second part of the Same Sex Couples Act 2013, has been passed this week to allow those who have previously entered into civil partnerships to convert them into marriages.
The first part of the law was passed on March 29 this year, which allowed same sex couples who were not in civil partnerships to get married directly.
Now David and Alan Holder-Twomlow, who became civil partners in June 2006, will become a married couple tomorrow, at a ceremony held at Birmingham Register Office.
Nine Birmingham couples in civil partnerships will tie knot at Birmingham Register Office, following the passing of the legislation on Thursday.
David, aged 41, said: “This is a real milestone in our lives. We are having a proper ceremony with family and friends, it is a very big deal for us.
“While it was amazing at the time to become civil partners, it did always feel as if there was something missing.
“It would have been great if we could have got married but civil partnerships were a terrific halfway house for same sex couples, until this legislation came into effect. Being able to convert our partnership to a marriage is wonderful and it shows the strides we have made.
“There are always going to be people who do not see a need for the legislation but for us it is a symbol of equality and being treated the same way as straight couples.”
David and Alan have actively campaigned for the legislation to be passed.
“As well as a celebration, this has also very much been about a personal victory for us. We lobbied our MP and got involved to make sure this legislation was passed.
“This is a realisation of a time that has taken years to happen. All we’ve wanted is to have the same thing that our parents have and our heterosexual friends have. There may be couples in civil partnerships who don’t want to convert their legal status to marriage, but for us it was what we’ve always wanted.”
* For more information about getting married in Birmingham, including same sex marriages, visit www.birmingham.gov.uk/registeroffic e .