Gravesend couple to have one of first gay weddings

PUBLISHED: 11:03 21 March 2014 | UPDATED: 11:05 21 March 2014

(L-R) Kristy and Amy will marry in August. Picture: Amy Leedham

(L-R) Kristy and Amy will marry in August. Picture: Amy Leedham


A local couple will be among the first to benefit from the change in law to allow gay marriages.

Amy Leedham, 30, and Kristy Papworth, 21, of Sun Lane, Gravesend, booked their wedding ceremony a month ago in preparation for the same-sex marriage bill to come into place, which it did last week.

Amy said: “It’s great because it gives us the same legal rights if one of us passes away. It now means the other will be OK. We didn’t want a civil ceremony as it wouldn’t be the same.”

The Marriage (Same-Sex Couples) Act 2013 came into place on March 13, when registrations started.

The first weddings could take place at the end of the month but Amy and Kristy have decided to wait until August. The pair are grappling over whose surname to take.

If you have registered for a same-sex marriage and could be one of the first to marry, ring Sam Blewett on 020 8477 3892 or email

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