Love is in the air this month but next it will be thoughts of weddings, as Sheffield aims to win the equal marriage ‘race’.
A call to action has been issued by Sheffield Council chiefs who hope the city could be the first in the UK to have a same-sex marriage ceremony when it becomes legal on March 29.
LGBT Sheffield has also launched a search for couples who are willing to get hitched at midnight on the day.
Coun Julie Dore, council leader, said: “The race is on to be the first city to hold a same-sex marriage.
“We know competition will be fierce with cities like Brighton and Manchester, but we are looking into starting our ceremony before midnight so the couple can say their vows at 12.
“Sheffield has a fantastic, vibrant LGBT culture and we want to celebrate that.
“This Valentine’s Day we’re taking the opportunity to call for Sheffield’s same-sex couples to come forward and register their interest in getting married on March 29.”
The ceremony would take place at Sheffield Town Hall. Couples have until March 13 to register.
Coun Dore said Sheffield had a ‘track record’ of valuing its LGBT community and was one of the first cities to hold a civil-partnership ceremony.
She added: “Sheffield rightly has a reputation as a friendly and tolerant city. What better way to show this to the whole country than by holding the first same-sex marriage ceremony in the beautiful setting of our very own Town Hall?
“We want to show again how much we appreciate the rich diversity in our city.”
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