While English and Welsh gay couples may not be able to get married in the morning, they will be able to get married from 29 March next year.
From politicians to gay rights groups, they have shared their joy now we have an official date for marriages to start.
Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg described it as the news ‘many couples have been waiting for’.
He said: ‘After a long and important battle, this is a wonderful step forward for equality. Love is the same, gay or straight, so it’s only right that the civil institution should be the same.