Marriage service for same-sex couples

Same sex couples can now apply to have their civil partnership converted to a marriage with Northamptonshire County Council’s Registration Service.

Since 2005, more than 550 couples have formed a civil partnership in Northamptonshire and new legislation which comes into effect on December 10 allows couples to convert their existing civil partnership to a marriage in one straightforward appointment with a registrar.

The usual legal fee for conversion is £45, but the Government has decided that there will be no charge for couples who registered their civil partnership before March 29 this year.