Grainne Close and Shannon Sickles celebrate their civil partnership ceremony, the first in the UK
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First civil partnership ceremony in the UK: Archive

The first civil partnership ceremony took place in Belfast in 2005. While some celebrated the event, there were also public protests from opponents of this change in the law.

Civil ceremonies started in the rest of the UK days afterwards.

Clip taken from BBC News, first broadcast 19 December 2005

  • 12 Jan 2015