Charles Ngengi (40) and his bride Daniel Chege Gichia (39) on Saturday became the first gay couple to wed in London.
The couple tied the knot at a civil partnership ceremony at Islington Town Hall in North London at 11.30 a.m. on Saturday 17th October 2009 under the Civil Partnership Act which came into effect in the UK in 2005 allowing couples of the same sex to have legal recognition of their relationship. A civil partnership is defined as a legal marriage between gay and lesbian couples, and any couples who enter into a civil partnership obtain the new legal status of civil partners, instead of the traditional husband and wife status.
The 30-minute ceremony witnessed by 50 guests was conducted by the registrar of marriages at Islington Council. Both Ngengi and Chege clad in matching cream suits and black shoes, arrived at Islington Council Town Hall shortly before 11 a.m. driven by a close friend in a Volvo car.
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