Marriage equality becomes law in England and Wales

by: Obert Madondo | Twitter: @Obiemad:

At last the UK has moved to legalize same-sex marriage and diminish discrimination.

Marriage equality became law in England and Wales after Queen Elizabeth granted Royal Assent to the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill last Wednesday.

The passage of the bill makes the UK the 16th country to approve same sex unions.

According to the BBC:

It is expected that the first gay and lesbian wedding ceremonies will take place by summer next year.

Under the terms of the the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill, religious organisations will have to “opt in” to offering weddings, with the Church of England and Church in Wales being banned in law from doing so.

Commons Speaker John Bercow announced the bill had received Royal Assent – the formal approval of the sovereign required for all legislation. The news was greeted with cheers in the Commons chamber.”

The Scots, are yet to debate same-sex legislation introduced in the Scottish parliament in June. That saddens Colin McFarlane, the director of Stonewall Scotland. He told Gay Star News: “We’re delighted that equal marriage has now received Royal Assent in England and Wales but thousands of gay Scots, their friends and their families will no doubt be frustrated that while the first marriages will likely happen in England and Wales by early next year, they are still waiting for the Scottish Bill to even be debated in the Scottish Parliament.”

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