This Valentine’s Day, Sheffield is joining the race to be the first UK city to hold a same sex marriage when it becomes legal on 29 March.

The Council is issuing a call to action for Sheffield same sex couples who would like to get married in Sheffield Town Hall to get in touch and register before 13 March.

Councillor Julie Dore, Leader of Sheffield City Council, 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 twelve.

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 29 March.

Sheffield rightly has a reputation as a friendly and tolerant city. What better way to show this to whole country than by holding the first same sex marriage ceremony in the beautiful setting of our very own Town Hall. We have a track record of valuing our LGBT community: we were one of the first cities to hold a Civil Partnership ceremony, as a Council we have been named in Stonewall’s top one hundred employers and Sheffield schools have been praised nationally for their work to tackle homophobic bullying. We want to show again how much we appreciate the rich diversity in our City.”

Couples have until 13 March to register to marry on 29 March.

Couples interested should get in touch by calling Samantha Williams on (0114) 203 9434.