Couple set for civil partnership first.
A COUPLE from the North East are to become among the first in the UK to turn their civil partnership into a same-sex marriage.
Michael Hood-Dodd and his partner Peter have been in their civil partnership since August 2009 - but always wanted to be married.
Now, after a change in legislation, the couple will become among the first in the country to turn their partnership into marriage on December 10 - the date the laws change . Michael, 48, said: "Both Peter and I have fought for this, we've always believed in equality for all, and we're looking forward to getting that certificate that tells us we are married."
Michael, 48, and Peter, 28, met eight years ago on a blind date.
After more than a year of getting to know each other, the couple decided to enter into a civil partnership.
To convert a civil partnership into marriage, the couple, Guide Post, Northumberland, will have to attend Morpeth Town Hall and sign a declaration that they wish to be married in front of a registrar.
Their civil partnership certificate will then be swapped for a marriage certificate.
Peter and |Micheal Hood-Dodd