Marriage Equality Comes to England and Wales
by Dan Savage
on Tue, Jul 16, 2013 at 5:59 PM
The House of Commons passed the bill ages ago, the House of Lords finally coughed it up, the House of Commons okayed the Lords version, and now the whole thing goes to the Queen of England—head of the Church of England—for the royal okey-dokey. But after Liz assents same-sex marriage will only legal in 2/4 of the United Kingdom:
The bill allowing same-sex couples to marry in England and Wales has passed its final hurdle in Parliament. The government legislation is now due to get royal assent, after which it is likely to become law later this week. The Conservative, Labour and Liberal Democrat leaderships all backed the bill, after the Lords approved the changes on Monday. It is expected that the first gay and lesbian wedding ceremonies will take place by summer next year.
Scotland and Northern Ireland have their own parliaments and both will have to pass their own marriage equality bills. A good Scottish friend is marrying next summer in Glasgow and Terry and I are going to be at their wedding. Fingers crossed that marriage equality comes to Scotland in time for Niall and William's big day.