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by Rex Wockner
International News Briefs
Britain’s openly gay Europe minister, Chris Bryant, and his partner, Jared Cranney, married under the United Kingdom’s civil partnership law March 27 inside the Palace of Westminster, where Parliament sits.
It was the first same-sex union to be celebrated at the Houses of Parliament.
“We never thought this day would come – and never thought we’d have to worry about cakes and flowers and rings,” the newlyweds said in a statement. “It’s amazing how much things have changed in such a short time.”
The UK Civil Partnership Act, which took effect four years ago, grants the same rights and obligations as marriage, under a different name.