Peter McGraith and David Cabreza wait to get married inside Islington Town Hall, London, on 29 March 2014. Equal marriage legislation had come into force at midnight, allowing same-sex marriages in England and Wales for the first time © EPA European Pressphoto Agency B.V/Alamy

Love and Intimacy

Same-sex couples have been celebrating their relationships for centuries, even if they weren’t recognised by the state or by friends and family. These have included elaborate public ceremonies as well as private commitments. Same-sex partners have used or borrowed from established rituals, including those of the church.