Arms of individuals in same-sex marriages: ruling by the Kings of Arms

29 April 2014

In a ruling dated 29 March 2014 the Kings of Arms have issued an ordinance governing the arms of individuals in same-sex marriages. The ruling aims to replicate as closely as possible the heraldic practice for married couples of different sex.

The ruling also amends a ruling of the Kings of Arms dated 6 November 1997 in respect of the arms of married women, ordaining that the use of the mark of difference laid down there for married women will henceforth be optional.

For the full text of the ruling, see here.

By decision of the College of Arms all proceeds arising from the sale of The Armorial of Haiti will be donated to the international effort for the relief of Haiti
after the calamitous earthquake of 12 January 2010.

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