BBC London has been given exclusive permission to film one of the first same-sex weddings in England and Wales. The wedding will take place on March 29th 2014, the same day that the law is passed which will for the first time make it legal for same-sex couples to be married in England and Wales.
The filming will be shown as part of a half hour documentary titled ‘Gay, Married and Legal’ which will air on BBC One in April.
BBC cameras will film John Coffey, a fifty two year old television producer, and his partner Bernardo Marti, a forty-seven year old brand stylist for a gardening business, as they are wed by Westminster Council’s superintendent registrar Alison Cathcart in a double ceremony with heterosexual friends, acting as witnesses for each other.
The filming will be shown as part of a half hour documentary titled ‘Gay, Married and Legal’ which will air on BBC One in April. As well as exploring their personal experiences the documentary will interweave the history of gay rights.
A monumental change for the country, yet controversial, same-sex marriage became law in England and Wales in July last year at the passage of the Marriage (Same-Sex Couples) Act.