GAY couples around Britain rushed to wed for the first time yesterday as the new legislation came into force across the nation.
As well as Sir Elton John and David Furnish, 687 couples wed in England and Wales, the last areas of the UK to allow the ceremonies.
Among the first to take advantage of new civil partnership legislation were a trio of couples in Britain's gay capital, Brighton. Debbie and Elaine Gaston, Gino Meriano and Mike Ullett, and Roger Lewis and Keith Willmott-Goodall simultaneously signed official documents that made their partnerships legal at Brighton Register Office as the clock struck 8am.
The new legislation allows ceremonies in a number of settings, so some couples chose more unusual venues. Michael Rothwell and Terry George held their ceremony above their nightclub, Fibre, in Leeds.
But the most unlikely venue was the London Eye where Dave Cook, 36, and James Wright, 30, from Clapham, south London, exchanged vows.
The popular tourist attraction has now taken bookings for a further six civil partnerships over the next few months.