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06 MAY 2015

Same-sex couples can now marry at British Consulates overseas

Jonathan Cailes

Major Works Manager

@JPFamilyLaw

Same-sex couples can now marry at British Consulates overseas
Same-sex couples will now be able to marry at British Consulates in 24 countries.

The ‘Consular Marriage and Marriages under Foreign Law Order 2014’ comes into force on 3 June and means that same-sex marriages will be able to take place at British Consulates in the following countries:

Albania
Australia
Azerbaijan
Bolivia
Cambodia
Chile
China
Colombia
Dominican Republic
Estonia
Germany
Hungary
Japan
Kosovo
Latvia
Lithuania
Mongolia
Montenegro
Nicaragua
Peru
Philippines
Russia
Serbia
Vietnam.

This list of countries is limited because British missions are only able to provide a same-sex marriage service in countries where it is not possible for British nationals to have such a marriage under local law and where the local authorities have given permission for the missions to conduct consular marriages of same-sex couples.

Further information

Further details can be found at: www.gov.uk/marriage-abroad

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