Houses of Parliament hosts its first gay wedding
A Labour MP tied the knot with his partner at the Houses of Parliament over the weekend which was the first ever gay marriage ceremony to have been held at the home of the UK government.
Chris Bryant, who is Europe Minister, exchanged vows with his partner Jared Cranney, who is a company secretary, during a civil ceremony on Saturday.
Weddings which take place at the Houses of Parliament are usually held at the Chapel of St Mary, but because gay marriages are not permitted in churches at present, the civil ceremony was instead held in the Member’s Dining Room overlooking the Thames.
The happy coupled thanked the speaker of the House of Commons, John Bercow, and Deputy Leader Harriet Harman for making the day possible. Bercow had to obtain the relevant license from the Westminster City Council in order to stage the civil ceremony at the Houses of Parliament.
Chris Bryant, who is a former Church of England clergyman, met his partner Jared Cranney whilst out on the campaign trail back in 2008.
The first gay union at the Houses of Parliament between the Labour MP for Rhondda and his partner Jared may have paved the way for other homosexual couples to get hitched at the iconic building.