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.