Same-Sex Marriage Now Legal In England & Wales

With marriage equality already in effect in both New Zealand and Canada, it was about time the head of the Commonwealth do the same. British lawmakers have passed a bill legalizing same-sex marriage in England and Wales, with the first gay weddings expected to take place by next summer.

The law 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 civil partnerships — which carry similar rights and responsibilities to marriage — to convert their relationships to marriage. All the bill needs now is official royal assent from Queen Elizabeth II which is expected to come later in the week.

With same-sex marriage now legal in England and Wales, the focus now shifts to Scotland. Once approved there, then every single gay person in Great Britain will enjoy full equality.

  • You’re forgetting Northern Ireland …without approval there, the entire country will not be equal.

  • @NathanielKW. Definitely agree with you.

    Side note: I could be wrong, but I thought Northern Ireland wasn’t part of Great Britain, but with United Kingdom. That’s why I chose to type GB in my post.

  • Belladonna

    I’m so Happy for them!!!! I 4got about Northern Ireland I hope they agree for the sake of Queer people there. I love The UK so much & I’ve never been there. Lol Odd right.

  • ben morgan

    im from the UK and I’m so pleased. It was shameful how long it took us but it’s finally here. And you’re right about Northern Ireland btw, its in the UK but not in Great Britain 🙂