LONDON — Britain has legalized gay marriage after Queen Elizabeth II gave her royal stamp of approval.
House of Commons Speaker John Bercow told lawmakers that the royal assent had been given Wednesday – the day after the bill to legalize same-sex marriage in England and Wales cleared Parliament.
The queen’s approval was a formality. It clears the way for the first gay marriages next summer.
The bill enables gay couples to get married in both civil and religious ceremonies in England and Wales. It also will allow couples who had previously entered into a civil partnership to convert their relationship to a marriage. (source)
My rainbow glitter tossing was tempered by two headlines next to the above article. One was about a gay teen who committed suicide, and another was about a prominent gay activist who was tortured and killed.
During my quest for more knowledge – as every good ally should – I have found that very many people in the LGBT community are neutral about the “gay marriage” issue.
Because there are so many areas where they have no rights, and slim to no protection under the law. I know those things are being worked on, but as you can see there is still a lot more to be done.
But for today, I will celebrate with the UK because