The Queen has blessed same-sex marriage in the UK. Not Elton John, ladies! Queen Elizabeth II gave her stamp of approval to marriage equality in the UK today – officially making it law in her Royal Majesty’s country:
Lawmakers cheered as House of Commons Speaker John Bercow said royal assent had been given – one day after the bill to legalize same-sex marriage in England and Wales cleared Parliament.
The queen’s approval was a formality and is the last step necessary for a bill to become law.
The law enables gay couples to get married in both civil and religious ceremonies in England and Wales, provided that the religious institution consents. The Church of England, the country’s official faith, is barred from performing such ceremonies.
It also will allow couples who had previously entered into civil partnerships – which were introduced in 2005 and carry similar rights and responsibilities to marriage – to convert their relationships to marriage.
The British government introduced the bill in January.
Congrats to all our LGBT brothers and sisters across the pond!
Via LGBTQ Nation