Until the introduction of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act 2013 (MSSCA), same-sex couples only had one option if they wished to formalise their relationship: they could enter into a civil partnership under the Civil Partnership Act 2004 (CPA). However, different-sex marriage has been well-established in society in England and Wales for hundreds of years.
Many would argue that before MSSCA was introduced, there was a vast inequality in the law for same-sex couples and their rights. However, as anyone can now enter into a Marriage, it was argued that everyone's rights had reached an equilibrium.
However, for one couple, this was not the case.