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Newlyweds Make History As First Same-Sex Couple To Marry In Antarctica

Two RRS Sir David Attenborough crew members have become the first same-sex couple to marry in the British Antarctic Territory

Stewards Eric Bourne and Stephen Carpenter, have been together for 20 years and made history as the first same-sex couple to be married in the British Antarctic Territory.

The couple were married by Will Whatley, the RRS ship’s captain, at the British Antarctic Survey’s Rothera Research Station.

As part of the RRS Sir David Attenborough’s catering team, the pair began their day at 5.30 am in the ship’s galley, preparing for the ceremony.

Then, with the sun shining, they gathered alongside the ship’s crew and teams from Rothera Research Station to tie the knot.

Mr Bourne said the crew have “supported us every single step of the way”.

The British Antarctic Territory Government, based in the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, will register the marriage, which will be valid in the UK.