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It's Official: Queen Gives Royal Assent to Marriage Equality in Britain

QueenQueen Elizabeth II gave royal assent to the marriage equality bill that cleared UK Parliament this week, ensuring that it will become law, the AP reports:

House of Commons Speaker John Bercow told lawmakers that the royal assent had been given Wednesday — the day after the bill to legalize same-sex marriage in England and Wales cleared Parliament. The queen’s approval was a formality. It clears the way for the first gay marriages next summer.

Gay couples will have the freedom to marry in England and Wales.

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  1. Wonderful!

    Posted by: Matt26 | Jul 17, 2013 9:57:21 AM

  2. Great news for our friends in England and Wales! Hopefully we don't see the same kind of protests that France has been having over the law's passage, but it seems the opposition movement over there is a bit subdued comparatively.

    Posted by: cyclonopedia | Jul 17, 2013 10:10:51 AM

  3. Good for them! Hopefully this will spread to the colonies. ;)

    Posted by: JC | Jul 17, 2013 10:11:03 AM

  4. Keep calm and marry on!

    Posted by: Jack M | Jul 17, 2013 10:13:09 AM

  5. They've (GLBTQ) had total legal parity/equality and job protection in the UK for over 15 years. What was yesterday a civil union is today a marriage.

    Posted by: CGD | Jul 17, 2013 10:16:12 AM

  6. At long last love!

    Posted by: Leroy Laflamme | Jul 17, 2013 10:22:55 AM

  7. God save the Queen and the queens. Congrats to Peter Tatchell, Lord Alli, the Home Secretary and all those who made it happen.

    Posted by: Cd in DC | Jul 17, 2013 10:27:53 AM


    Posted by: David in NYC | Jul 17, 2013 10:28:10 AM

  9. I assume this lady has been surrounded by gay men her entire life. Court courtiers and the church are probably the two all-time favorite institutions for LGTB/Queers to hide.

    Cool hat.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Jul 17, 2013 10:30:38 AM

  10. Thank you Your Majesty on behalf of all of our gay brothers and sisters in England & Wales!

    Posted by: Chris W | Jul 17, 2013 10:43:43 AM

  11. Here's to Her Most Gracious Majesty.

    Thanks Ma'am!

    Posted by: jamal49 | Jul 17, 2013 10:49:28 AM

  12. Just one step closer to eThe Rapture, Armageddon, Blackpool meting Sodom's fate, the End of Western Civilization---oh, YOU carry on the list. At lest we can rely o Texas to hold up values.

    Posted by: gregorybrown | Jul 17, 2013 10:59:41 AM

  13. Now that's a Queen I'm proud of. Bow. Thank you.

    Posted by: UFFDA | Jul 17, 2013 11:00:38 AM

  14. I don't want to be picky, but that's a picture of the Queen of Papua New Guinea...

    Posted by: Marco | Jul 17, 2013 11:40:05 AM

  15. The Mother Country still has something to teach it's upstart children.

    Posted by: woodroad34d | Jul 17, 2013 11:53:41 AM

  16. ... and we managed to get it into law with hardly any fuss and shouting at all.

    It's foolish to be proud of your country just because your were born there. And often I look at my fellow Brits and feel they are silly for getting all nationalistic over some sports star who's won a lot of tennis games.

    But today, for once, I actually do feel pretty proud to be a Brit.

    Posted by: Betty Treacle | Jul 17, 2013 12:13:53 PM

  17. Hallelujah and congratulations to all Britons on becoming a pro-family country! Hopefully this will encourage other British commonwealth countries to legalize marriage as well. It is sad that Anglican (the British version of Episcopalian) churches are not allowed to recognize the marriages of their many gay members or to sanctify same-sex Christian marriages in their congregations. Gay Anglicans in Britain will have to get married in the churches of other denominations, even if their own priests strongly support marriage.

    Posted by: DB | Jul 17, 2013 12:30:16 PM

  18. I really feel like all this momentum started with those two tiny states that passed gay marriage at the ballot box last year...

    Posted by: Jesse | Jul 17, 2013 1:04:21 PM

  19. She's fantastic.


    Posted by: Shawn | Jul 17, 2013 1:31:26 PM

  20. Britain = Scotland, England and Wales
    Marriage equality = England and Wales

    "It's Official: Queen Gives Royal Assent to Marriage Equality in England and Wales"

    Posted by: Jake Orlando | Jul 17, 2013 2:17:51 PM

  21. Looks to be an annus mirabilis!

    Posted by: Fox | Jul 17, 2013 3:23:38 PM

  22. very good news!

    Posted by: reality | Jul 17, 2013 3:30:30 PM

  23. Her Majesty is humming a Sondheim song:
    "Twenty years ago who'd have guessed?"

    Posted by: simon | Jul 17, 2013 3:31:32 PM

  24. If th US lost the revolutionary war, we'd be able to marry too...

    Posted by: rick scatorum | Jul 17, 2013 4:13:05 PM

  25. 10 points to JACK M for "Keep calm and marry on". Come on Scotland and Northern Ireland (and the small islands), you're next!

    Posted by: DavidR | Jul 17, 2013 5:59:46 PM

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