On Friday the first ever same-sex marriage in a British consulate will take place in Sydney, Australia.

Peter Fraser and Gordon Stevenson will marry at the Sydney consulate after meeting in 1995 when they met by chance in a pub.

Same Sex Marriage is currently offered in 24 countries. Same sex marriages are now able to take place at British Consulates in Australia, Azerbaijan, Bolivia, Cambodia, Chile, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Japan, Kosovo, Latvia, Lithuania, Mongolia, Montenegro, Nicaragua, Peru, Philippines, Russia, San Marino, Serbia, and Vietnam.

This list of countries is limited because British missions are only able to provide a same sex marriage service in countries where it is not possible for British nationals to have such a marriage under local law and where the local authorities have given permission for the missions to conduct consular marriages of same sex couples.

Couples need to be resident in the Consular District where they wish the conversion to take place for a period of 28 days before we are able to convert.