Foreign Office Minister Chris Bryant made history Saturday as the first gay MP to tie the knot in Britain's Houses of Parliament.

Bryant married Jared Cranney in a civil partnership held in the members' dining room, which overlooks the Thames rivers.

“We never thought this day would come,” the couple said in a statement, “and never thought we'd have to worry about cakes and flowers and rings. It's amazing how much things have changed in such a short time. Only a few years ago there was a different gay age of consent, you could sack people or refuse to serve them just because of their sexuality and gays were banned from the military, from adopting or getting married.”

The wedding was allowed in Parliament after John Bercow obtained the necessary license from Westminster City Council.

The men said they were “enormously grateful” to Bercow and Leader of the Commons Harriet Harman for making the “really special day” possible.

The weekend event, however, did not take place in the Chapel of St. Mary – as is customary for marriages – because gay couples cannot marry in England and civil partnerships are not allowed in church.

Bryant, a former Church of England clergyman who became a member of the governing Labour Party for Rhondda in 2001, met Cranney on the campaign trail last April.