Liverpool is replacing the pictures that hang on the walls of its Registry Office in order to avoid offending gay couples.

The city, which has over recent years become one of the most gay friendly in Britain, is removing two paintings because they are too associated with straight marriage. One is of a young bride signing the register and the other is of Romeo and Juliet on a swing.

Janet Taubman, a Registrar at the office said they were “they were innocent pictures but the new paintings are less likely to offend.”

The replacement paintings are landscapes.

Civil Partnership ceremonies will take place in England and Wales from December 21st.