Ninety-two year old George Montague, who calls himself ‘the oldest gay in the village,’ is believed to be the oldest gay man in the world to marry after he converted his civil partnership with his partner of 16 years Somchai Phukkhlai into a marriage this week.
According to the BBC, the couple converted their partnership into a marriage at Brighton Town Hall as the city marks its 25th anniversary this weekend.
The Parliament of the United Kingdom passed legislation to allow same-sex couples to marry in England and Wales in July 2013; the laws came into force on 13 March 2014.
‘I tell everybody I’m the luckiest, happiest old gay man alive,’ Montague said in an ITV interview.
He was quoted as saying to BBC South East Today’s Ellie Chrisell that ‘gay people had never had it so good.’
Gay sex acts were decriminalized in England and Wales in 1967.