Sheffield couple convert civil partnership to make history - again

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A Sheffield couple made history for the second time - after converting their civil partnership into marriage.

Dr Martin Hayes-Allen and Robert Forman, of Broomhill, were the first couple to become civil partners in 2005 and became the first to convert that to marriage at Sheffield Town Hall.

Married couple Robert Mark Forman (left) and Dr Martin Charles Hayes-Allen following the marriage ceremony at Sheffield Town Hall.

Married couple Robert Mark Forman (left) and Dr Martin Charles Hayes-Allen following the marriage ceremony at Sheffield Town Hall.

The couple have been together almost 25 years and decided to have a partnership after former designer Robert was hospitalised with a potentially fatal bleed on the brain - but former GP Martin was not allowed to stay as he was’ not a relative’.

Robert said: “I’m doing this for all the people that were denied the freedom and the equality and the respect before 1967 in this country.

“I was born before the war - when soldiers came back to this country those accused of homosexuality. as serving soldiers fighting for their nation, were banged up in prison.

“That’s why I’m doing this, for all those that couldn’t.”

The couple, who are both Christians, said they were the ‘lucky ones’ and that the church still needed to ‘catch up’ before the conversion was carried out. They will celebrate their big day with three different events - including a a cèilidh as Martin is part Irish - this week.

Lord Mayor of Sheffield Coun Peter Rippon said he was ‘proud’ to be there and converting partnerships had been a ‘long time coming’.

In total 13 couples converted their partnerships at the town hall and another 50 are expected to do so in December alone.

They have had to wait since March, when equal marriage laws came in, for the Government to put in place the right process.

Kath Houseley, chairman of LGBT Sheffield said: “We want to show our support for all same sex couples who have waited so long for this and say how pleased we are with this step in the right direction for LGBT Equality.”