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Parade celebrates Marriage Equality Act

Community Safety Partnership Team of PS Angela Bennett, PC Paul Evans and PCSO Heather Dobbs, with ABFAAB organisers Jamie Henderson and Jayne Rowlands.

Wedding-themed parade takes to the streets of Bridgend.

A wedding-themed parade took to the streets of Bridgend last Saturday in celebration of equal marriages.
The new Marriage (Same-Sex Couples) Act came into effect on the 29th March 2014 and now allows any couple, regardless of gender identity or sexuality to tie the knot. 
The parade was organised by ABFAAB and South Wales Police in partnership with the Bridgend LGBT Forum. The parade, complete with a Jazz band and wedding cars, attracted scores of supporters waving the rainbow flag, as it travelled through Bridgend town centre ending at Dunraven Place where there was an information centre about marriage and equality.
Event co-ordinator Jamie Henderson from Abfabb said "Many people have mentioned how they never thought an event like this could take place in Bridgend and we have proved otherwise".
"It was absolutely fantastic" added Jayne Rowlands, a member of the Bridgend LGBT community. 
Police Constable Paul Evans from the Community Safety Partnership said "the event showed that the community of Bridgend are accepting of the new laws and were indeed happy that the laws have come in.  The whole day was taken and enjoyed in the spirit that was intended, which was to celebrate a significant date for equality".
The Government’s legislation received the Royal Assent in July last year, paving the way for the Marriage (Same-Sex Couples) Act to become law. 

Bridgend LGBT Forum consists of South Wales Police, Bridgend College, Bridgend County Borough Council, Valleys to Coast, Stonewall Cymru, Terrence Higgins Trust, Transgender Wales, Cardiff Mardi Gras, Parc Prison and Cohesion Matters.

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