Getting Married in a Castle in Britain
Marriage is recognised in the forms of both civil and religious
unions. The legal minimum age to enter into a marriage is sixteen
years although this requires parent consent in in England and Wales
(but not in Scotland) if a participant is between the ages of sixteen
There is a distinction between religious marriages, conducted by
an authorised religious celebrant, and civil marriages, conducted
by a state registrar.
Civil partnerships are available to same-sex couples in the United
Kingdom. Rights and responsibilities are virtually identical to
civil marriage. In 2013, the UK Government introduced the Marriage
(Same Sex Couples) Bill to Parliament, to legalise same-sex marriage
in England and Wales.
There are residency conditions that have to be met before people
can be married.