News Wxm Council 1st Gay Marriage

History was made today when Wrexham’s Guildhall hosted its first same sex marriage ceremony.

James Hatfield, 32, and Nathan Saffy, 21, both from Wrexham, became the first same sex couple to get married at Wrexham Council’s register office at the Guildhall following this year’s historic change to the law.

Following the ceremony, James said: “We are absolutely thrilled to become the first gay couple to marry here in Wrexham. When we rang the council’s registration services we booked the earliest date available and we are really pleased that we now have the opportunity to show our love and commitment to each other by marrying.

“This has been a very special day for us and we hope that it will encourage more same-sex couples in the county borough to come forward.”

Since new legislation became law on March 29, 2014, marriage is available to everyone, regardless of sexuality or gender. Wrexham Council’s registration services team is available to help couples by planning a marriage ceremony.

Cllr Neil Rogers, Leader of Wrexham Council, said: “Marriage is a very special occasion and I am delighted that we were able to help James & Nathan celebrate their momentous day. Same-sex marriage has finally achieved legal recognition and this is a vital step for equality for all couples who wish to take this step. This was an historic day for us as a council and I’m sure it will be an occasion that the happy couple remembers for the rest of their lives.”

If you would like to plan a marriage or civil partnership in Wrexham County Borough and would like more information you can contact the Register Office on (01978) 292027, email registration@wrexham.gov.uk or visit the Council’s website www.wrexham.gov.uk