Lesbian couple will be among first to marry in county

Northampton couple Crissy and Jules were among the first to register a same sex marriage on Thursday, March 13, in time for the new regulations coming into force on March 29.
Northampton couple Crissy and Jules were among the first to register a same sex marriage on Thursday, March 13, in time for the new regulations coming into force on March 29.

The first of Northamptonshire’s same sex couples who want to hold their weddings on the day it becomes legal to do so have been registering their intent to marry.

Thursday was the first day gay and lesbian couples across the country could register to hold their wedding on Thursday, March 29, the date in which the Marriage (Same Sex) Couples Act comes into force.

The law states a couple must give 15 days notice of any intention to wed at a registration office.

Among the first were Crissy Chew and Jules Wisdom who booked their big day in shortly after 10am.

The pair will marry at Northampton Guildhall.

Jules said the reason they are getting married on the first day the new laws come into force is a ‘happy coincidence’.

They had actually booked in already to register their civil partnership on that day, as it was the closest they could book to the March 30 anniversary of their first kiss, which would fall on a Sunday this year.

Jules, from Wellingborough said: “It was a coincidence that they changed the laws for that day really. Thankfully we rang up the registrars and they let us change it from the partnership to a marriage.”


Procedures for people who are in civil partnerships to “upgrade” to marriage have yet to come into effect.

But Jules says the fact the law is changing on March 29 is a positive thing for Britain.

She said: “I’m proud to be British and I’m thrilled to be getting married.”

Crissy, 35, of Redditch, said the law changes are a big step for gay and lesbian rights.

She said: “For me couples in the world face plenty of tests and trials anyway.

“But when you are in a same sex partnership you face so much criticism and homophobia.

“I think why is it wrong for me to marry Jules when someone who doesn’t have to fight every single day like we have can marry?

“Our love is just as pure - if anything we have had to go through so much more.”

The couple met in 2007 when working at Avis car rental on Bridge Street in Northampton and are only planning to move in together for the first time two days after they get married.