England, Wales set for gay marriages in 2014

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A bill to allow same-sex marriage in England and Wales is now law, though the unions aren't expected to take place until 2014.


Queen Elizabeth II has given her assent to the landmark bill, which the British House of Commons passed Tuesday, the house's speaker, John Bercow, said Wednesday.

The first same-sex wedding could be held as early as next summer.

The law does not come into force immediately because government departments need time to make changes. New processes must be drawn up for registrars, and new forms will also have to be drawn up.

Written By: Laura Smith-Spark
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  1. I’m proud to be English today.

    I can’t say British because Scotland is not quite there yet (but will be), while Northern Ireland depressingly will probably stay in the dark ages for another generation (they don’t have a fit-for-purpose abortion law either).

    But yes, hooray!

    • In reply to #1 by Stevehill:

      I’m proud to be English today.

      I can’t say British because Scotland is not quite there yet (but will be), while Northern Ireland depressingly will probably stay in the dark ages for another generation (they don’t have a fit-for-purpose abortion law either).

      But yes, hooray!

      Given all the fuss I was amazed at how low key the announcement was. I think this will become like fox hunting and the original civil partnership. Everybody will shut up about it and it will be forgotten.
      What surprised me though was that given the Queen is head of the Church of England and she has approved this bill we have heard no grumbling about the monarch being forced by parliament to endorse something that goes “against God’s law”.

      • In reply to #3 by mr_DNA:

        What surprised me though was that given the Queen is head of the Church of England and she has approved this bill we have heard no grumbling about the monarch being forced by parliament to endorse something that goes “against God’s law”.

        Constitutionally, the Queen cannot refuse to sign a bill passed by both houses (or at least it would be the end of the monarchy if she tried).

        • In reply to #4 by Pabmusic:

          In reply to #3 by mr_DNA:

          What surprised me though was that given the Queen is head of the Church of England and she has approved this bill we have heard no grumbling about the monarch being forced by parliament to endorse something that goes “against God’s law”.

          It is I suppose possible that she muttered somethng like “Oh, buggeration!” under her breath as she signed it.

          • In reply to #5 by Stevehill:

            It is I suppose possible that she muttered somethng like “Oh, buggeration!” under her breath as she signed it.

            Or maybe not, Does anyone know what her opinion is? (if you are reading this Ma’am…)

  2. As a gay person, I am of course thrilled by the addition of one more country where we have marriage equality. Sincere applause, excitement, confetti, beer party tonight.

    So okay, now let’s get back to the issues that affect us all: global climate change, corporate ownership of our food, the pollution of our oceans, the ongoing global battle between enlightenment and religion.

    There are so many outrages to be addressed and I fear our craving for justice will be too placated by the satisfaction of LGBT equality. (To be more specific, Obama repeatedly expresses support for LGBT rights, but I would gladly give up my right to marry in exchange for the closing of Guantanamo and the termination of the drone executions. Maybe throw in the closing of a few of the thousands of US military bases.)

  3. What, England and Wales are getting married. Just what does prince chuck think of all this monkey business. And I agree, those are some way badass colors for any bus. Kinda reminded me of Ken Kesey. Seriously, more power to you folks. It amazes me that you’ve become more progressive than us ‘liberty or death’ bunch.

  4. In 25 years time people will think what all the fuss was about. At last, England will have gay marriage. Now lets move on and welcome the rights of all people to be equal in this world. And I mean ALL.

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