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Last Updated: Friday, 22 July, 2005, 14:57 GMT 15:57 UK
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Gay and Lesbian couples are being asked about the likely demand for same-sex marriages in North Yorkshire.

New laws come into effect in December allowing civil partnerships, a ceremony which give couples the same legal rights as those in marriages.

North Yorkshire County Council has 10 register offices and 100 licensed venues ready to take bookings.

Focus groups are meeting in Scarborough and Harrogate to find out what people want from the ceremonies.

Gay wedding show

Issues including the wording, musical content and the likely venues are to be discussed.

Under the Civil Partnership Act, gay and lesbian couples can register their union from 5 December.

In the ceremony, couples sign an official document in front of the registrar and two witnesses.

The authority is promoting the county as an attractive location for civil partnerships, and is planning a display at the Gay Wedding Show in Manchester in November.




SEE ALSO:
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19 Jul 05 |  Cumbria
First gay conference for resort
05 Apr 05 |  North Yorkshire
Lords back rights for gay couples
17 Nov 04 |  UK Politics
Gay couples to get joint rights
31 Mar 04 |  UK Politics


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