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Same-Sex Marriage Begins At Midnight In England And Wales: VIDEO


At midnight local time tonight, marriage equality will officially become the law of the land in England and Wales. The campaign has been hard fought but thanks to legislation passed last year and signed in July by Queen Elizabeth II, same-sex couples can finally enjoy the same rights and benefits as their heterosexual counterparts in Britain. 

Calling today, “a great step forward,” Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg seemed to soak in the historic nature of what Britain has achieved. From ITV:

"It's a landmark day," [Clegg] said. "I am so chuffed about this change in the law."

"It's just a simple idea that if two people love each other it doesn't matter that they're the same sex - if they love each other and want to show that commitment towards each other through marriage, they should be able to do so.”

As the Standard reports, Clegg also announced that the rainbow flag will be flown “above the Cabinet Office and Scotland Office from today.”

Labour leader Ed Miliband for his part spoke to ITV, calling this an "incredibly happy time" for same-sex couples as well as "an incredibly proud time for our country".

Andrew Wale and Neil Allard from Brighton (pictured above) will be one of the first couples to be wed after the stroke of midnight, joining many more across the country. The couple told ITV that being able to get married at all is to them a “great privilege.” Trevor Love, the registrar who will officiate the wedding, has called it, “the most exciting day of my life.”

Meanwhile, though the Christian clergy in Britain has been at odds with proponents of marriage equality for some time, Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby gave remarks today that some are interpreting as more ‘conciliatory’ in nature: "I think the church has reacted by fully accepting that it's the law, and should react on Saturday by continuing to demonstrate in word and action, the love of Christ for every human being.”

Happy day though it may be, British men still can’t become the Princess of Wales or Queen of England due to changes in courtesy titles associated with peerages that were made to accommodate the new marriage law. 

You can watch a special message from Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, AFTER THE JUMP…


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  1. same-sex marriage: beginning at midnight, ending at dawn!

    Posted by: Distingue Traces | Mar 28, 2014 1:12:31 PM

  2. I'm so happy that grey marriage (according to BBC subtitles), will become law in the UK. Congratulations to the happy couples this weekend.

    Posted by: Bollox | Mar 28, 2014 1:19:59 PM

  3. "Meanwhile, though the Christian clergy in Britain has been less than adamant in their support for the new marriage law,..."

    Less than adamant? The definition of 'adamant' is: "refusing to be persuaded or to change one's mind".

    I am adamant that the word 'adamant' is misused in the quoted sentence.

    Posted by: peterparker | Mar 28, 2014 1:35:55 PM

  4. That should read marriage equality in England and Wales...Scotland is starting in the autumn the last I checked, and Northern Ireland is behind as usual. Nevertheless, a big congrats to our people across the pond!

    Posted by: Kenny | Mar 28, 2014 1:45:23 PM

  5. Just one point, same-sex couples already had the same rights and benefits as straight couples under civil partnership that came in a few years ago. This whole battle has just been for the word 'marriage'. That's the only difference between now and then.

    Posted by: Eric James | Mar 28, 2014 1:47:20 PM

  6. well the Anglican stuff made me giggle. From what I understand some of the Bishops don't even believe in god these days

    Posted by: Homo Genius | Mar 28, 2014 1:48:48 PM

  7. This seems largely to have come about because Prince Charles is now signing legislation on behalf of his mother. He's also the point man on "consultation", which is the backdoor manner in which the Queen signals that she approves or disapproves of a piece of legislation. While the Queen can't block legislation legally, a strong objection to the PM can send it back to committee.

    Posted by: anon | Mar 28, 2014 2:15:06 PM

  8. Why they don't have Cameron interviewed? Is he going to own it or think it is a liability for his party?

    Posted by: simon | Mar 28, 2014 3:18:34 PM

  9. "This whole battle has just been for the word 'marriage'. "

    Eric James... "just"?

    The word marriage brings with it a social understanding of what the relationship is, and eliminates the stigma of a less-than marriage.

    Further the word marriage brings with it portability, into business, other levels of government, and other countries around the world.

    This ides that marriage is "just" a word has been roundly debunked.

    Posted by: Randy | Mar 28, 2014 3:34:57 PM

  10. Still disappointed in Clegg's use of the obsolete term "partner" in place of "spouse".

    Posted by: Randy | Mar 28, 2014 3:37:04 PM

  11. Yes, this marriage is for England and Wales only.
    Not for the whole United Kingdom...... because as everyone knows Northern ireland is a bit like the Crimea; they had a vote in a gerrymandered enclave and got the result they wanted.
    Now no one wants them !

    But I'm glad for the countries of England and Wales. And soon the independent country of Scotland.
    And it is a very satisfying defeat for an Established Church , Established by Elizabeth I and SSM brought in by Elizabeth II.
    Where was Scott Lively ?
    Why was he not in London " saving the children" ?
    Because he would have been torn to shreds for his stupidity and his malevolence.

    Posted by: JackFknTwist | Mar 28, 2014 5:29:39 PM

  12. What happened to Scotland and Northen Ireland? Aren't they part of the United Kingdom?

    Posted by: Vince | Mar 28, 2014 5:38:50 PM

  13. JACKFKNTWIST is glad for England and Wales "(a)nd soon the independent country of Scotland."

    SS marriage will happen in Scotland later this year (the Scottish Parliament has already passed the legislation)whether or not Scotland becomes an independent country.

    Posted by: Paul Brownsey | Mar 29, 2014 11:47:30 AM

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