UK's first gay weddings will take place on March 29

Same-sex couples will be able to legally marry in the UK from 29th March 2014. 

The date, which is a lot sooner than initially expected, was announced by equalities minister Maria Miller on Tuesday afternoon.

In an interview with bbc.co.uk, she said: “Marriage is one of our most important institutions, and from 29 March 2014 it will be open to everyone, irrespective of whether they fall in love with someone of the same sex or opposite sex.

“This is just another step in the evolution of marriage and I know that many couples up and down the country will be hugely excited that they can now plan for their big day and demonstrate their love and commitment to each other by getting married.”

Homosexual couples wishing to be among the first to marry in the UK will have to give formal notice of their intentions on 13 March.

Gay marriages were given the Royal Assent earlier this year. At the time, the government promised that the first gay weddings would be able to take place by the summer of 2014. 

According to dailymail.co.uk, same-sex couples looking to marry in some British consulates and overseas armed forces bases will have to wait until June.

The new laws apply in England and Wales only.