Millionaire businessman Andre Graham, 49, and his partner Seamus Sweeney, 38, made history when they tied the knot in the United Kingdom's first civil partnership ceremony. Earlier this year officers swooped on the premises as part of Operation Flight - an initiative against sex saunas and massage parlours. The intelligence-led operation resulted in several arrests at venues across the The Pipeworks. Graham and Sweeney are prominent bar owners in Belfast. As directors of Kremlin Associates Ltd, they once owned the Kremlin - Northern Ireland's largest gay club, before selling it last year. The pair were the first same sex couple to "marry" in the UK, tying the knot in Belfast in December
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The short answer is yes, gay saunas are legal in England and Wales. They are also legal in Scotland, however, sexual activity is not permitted by the license that these venues must have. As long as you are just paying for entry to the club to have consensual sex with other members who are also in the club, for no financial reward, then that is legal. As long as the club has no control over others who are having sex in the club that is also lawful. Over the years, like many gay bars , saunas used by the gay community have been suffering a fall in custom and usage. Many saunas have shuttered across the country.
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Objectors to a renewal of the club's licence include a former lord provost and a leading convention and tourism hotel. Both allege the premises are being used for purposes outwith the stated licensed use. They also claim the sauna operations are a blight on Glasgow City Council's strategy to attract new business to its international financial services district. The owners of the city centre property in Robertson Lane, Dalglen Ltd, have also lodged an objection.