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.


  1. cyclonopedia says

    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.

  2. CGD says

    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.

  3. ratbastard says

    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.

  4. gregorybrown says

    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.

  5. Betty Treacle says

    … 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.

  6. DB says

    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.

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