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England and Wales Achieve Marriage Equality

Posted on: July 29, 2013

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The queen gave her royal seal of approval for marriage equality in England and Wales.
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In another leap forward for marriage equality, the U.K. announced its legalization of same-sex marriage on July 17th after Queen Elizabeth II gave her royal stamp of approval. The Queen’s approval is considered a ‘formality,’ and the last step necessary for a bill to become a law in England.

More importantly than the legislative power the Queen’s approval provides, her motion to legalize same-sex marriage represents the social weight her decision carries. The new law allows couples to get married in civil unions and religious ceremonies in England and Wales, although the Church of England is reportedly still barred from performing same-sex unions. The law also allows couples that had previously entered into a civil partnership to convert their status into a marriage.

People all over England and Wales have been celebrating the monumental legislative progress, and can look forward to planning weddings for next summer, when they can officially wed. The U.K. has now joined the many other European countries that have already legalized same-sex marriage, as well as others from around the world.

Love is love.

Love is love.
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The Netherlands was the first country to legally recognize same sex marriages, creating monumental new legislature back in 2001. Belgium followed their lead, and in 2003 began to legally recognize same-sex marriage. Other countries that have paved the way for equal marriage in the last decade include Spain, Portugal, Canada, Norway, Sweden, Portugal, South Africa, and others.

The fact that more and more foreign countries have begun to create laws that allow for equal marriage gives hope to many Americans that universal marriage equality can be achieved in the United States as well.

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1 Response to "England and Wales Achieve Marriage Equality"

[…] Queen Elizabeth II has given her seal of approval to gay marriage.  You know something big has happened when the queen says it’s okay.  Parliament cleared the way to allow gay marriage in Britain with marriages slated to begin next summer.  Many liberal groups are cheering and clapping.  But what about conservatives? […]

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