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Last Updated: Tuesday, 11 October 2005, 07:48 GMT 08:48 UK
Gay 'wedding' ceremonies approved
Gay partnership ceremonies will be allowed in a London borough after the city's mayor threatened to challenge a proposed ban.

Bromley Council finally voted on Monday to allow same sex couples, who register under the Civil Partnerships Act, to exchange vows in municipal properties.

The Mayor had said any ban would be "discriminatory and unlawful".

Council leader Stephen Carr said the approval showed that Bromley listened to its residents.

After south-east London council's decision, mayor Ken Livingstone said the move sent a clear message that discrimination would not be tolerated.

Councillors in the borough had reached a stalemate in an earlier vote over the issue.

Before the final vote, Mr Livingstone said he would do everything in his power to make sure the rights of same sex couples were upheld.

Gay Unions become legally recognised in December.




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