Let’s make our life easier and happier by permitting same-couples marriage in all countries. Hundreds of same-sex couples are getting married inside British consulates in countries where gay marriage is still banned, under little-known rules. After equal marriage became legal in England and Wales, the British government made changes to permit gay weddings to take place at a number of Diplomatic Missions around the world.
Under the policy, overseas same-sex couples can marry under British law inside UK consulates and embassies, as long as one of the applicants is a British citizen. This means gay couples can access same-sex weddings in dozens of countries across the world where they are still banned from doing so under local law.
“Between 1 July 2016 and 6 July 2017 civil partnerships and same sex marriages were celebrated at UK Diplomatic Missions in Australia, Cambodia, China, Cyprus, Germany, Japan, Malta, Mozambique, Philippines, Serbia, Venezuela and Vietnam.”
By holding ceremonies in consulates, couples are able to have a genuine marriage ceremony with their loved ones without having to travel to the UK. While many of the ceremonies have been low-key, others have been prominently celebrated by diplomats.
“Today’s ceremony is a celebration for the happy couple; a celebration of equality and rights for all; and a celebration of British values.A spokesperson for the Foreign Office said: “The UK believes that human rights are universal and that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people should be free to enjoy the rights and freedoms to which people of all nations are entitled.”