British consulates to stage gay marriage in 24 countries

Marriage|May 6th 2015

Same sex couples will be able to officially marry at British consulates in 24 countries from June 3.

Under the Consular Marriages and Marriages under Foreign Law Order 2014, which comes into force on that day, gay couples will be able to enter officially recognised marriages at 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

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office said the list was currently limited as the service can only be offered in countries which both do not recognise same sex marriage but which have also given permission for such marriages to take place in the consulates.

British consulates in three of the listed countries – Australia, China, and the Dominican Republic – have already conducted same sex marriages in advance of the new legislation

Read the new act here.

Image of the British High Commission in Canberra by Neil Jennings via Flickr

Author: Stowe Family Law

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